Microsoft Street Slide: Street view will never be the same

Microsoft researchers have developed a tool to enhance the current street view functionality of Bing Streetside. In a typical street view implementation, a sense of “being there” is accomplished by putting photos side by side and scrolling through them like a very slow stop-motion video. While you can pan and zoom in any street mode picture, you can’t really move around seamlessly, as if you were walking. Street view is, therefore, no more than an illusion or presence.

With Street Slide, Microsoft plans to change this. According to MIT's Technology Review, Street Slide is a way to “move” down a city block using a string of connected panoramic photos. This doesn’t interfere with the typical rotate and zoom features in Bing Streetside, and you can switch seamlessly between the two modes, making the first person navigation experience much more flexible and practical. As you ‘slide’ along a city street, you will be able to see Bing Maps data on the locations you’re going past. Information like street addresses, store names and rating will show up just like it would in the normal Bing Maps or Streetside. The panoramic view is a widescreen experience, so space is left above and below the picture for the data and advertisements to reside in.

Microsoft research will be exhibiting Street Slide at the upcoming computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH 2010, in Los Angeles, CA.

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I know it's fashionable to hate Bingahoo! but they're building compelling features into their search engine that Google has simple not improved upon. Like Bing Image search layout and interface and a cleaner Bing Maps interface that is more user-friendly. Would be nice to see Google catch up on some of those simple refinements that make using Bing a bit easier. I prefer Google for many things but am no professed fanboy of them. I use what suits my needs the best and for some stuff lately it's been Bingahoo!

I'd like if Bing maps always came up in Silverlight. Sometimes it comes up at the old interface and sometimes in Silverlight. The bad thing is there is no easy link to switch to the newer interface.

looks pretty good what I love is how MSFT is doing all this to try to take over googles market when before google they were even trying to charge us for hotmail and free only meat 256 mbytes of space. If it was not for google this would be a pay services. Go screw yourself MSFT.

diso25 said,
looks pretty good what I love is how MSFT is doing all this to try to take over googles market when before google they were even trying to charge us for hotmail and free only meat 256 mbytes of space. If it was not for google this would be a pay services. Go screw yourself MSFT.

What were the other free options back then for mail? Yahoo? They probably didn't have much storage either.

diso25 said,
looks pretty good what I love is how MSFT is doing all this to try to take over googles market when before google they were even trying to charge us for hotmail and free only meat 256 mbytes of space. If it was not for google this would be a pay services. Go screw yourself MSFT.

Why are you so tweaked? The reverse is going to hold true as well; this will keep Google innovating and encourage other to do so as well....its nothing but good for everyone, regardless of what was before.

While it is an impressive enough project I don't think it has much real world use. I've never used Street View for more than a casual glance around my own town and even then many of the images were so dated as to not be relevant any more.

I just see this as a minor tweak on something that Google pioneered, something that wasn't all that important to begin with.

theyarecomingforyou said,
While it is an impressive enough project I don't think it has much real world use. I've never used Street View for more than a casual glance around my own town and even then many of the images were so dated as to not be relevant any more.

I just see this as a minor tweak on something that Google pioneered, something that wasn't all that important to begin with.


Just because you don't use it doesn't mean it isn't VERY useful to others.

This would be great, but only if the website that Microsoft has it on is as snappy as the video, if not more.

MS should "street side" popular tourist areas like Time Square and Wall Street in NYC, slap "Beta" on it and release it as an "AddOn" to Bing Maps.

when and if it crashes..it just beta

then roll it into the Bing App for Android and the IWhore..sorry meant Iphone.

Good to see they've taken a flaw with Google Street View and fixed it. It's always a nightmare trying to move up and down a street and maintain a view that is not the road. This way you can find a street and then pan through the buildings to find what you're looking for much easier.

McDave said,
Shame they have not realeased the driving instructions yet.

Agreed. Imagine how long this'll take to actually be released then.

andrewbares said,

Agreed. Imagine how long this'll take to actually be released then.

Driving instructions have been out in America for a while now lol. Even their WinMo app supports voice turn by turn.

Awesome! I LOVE the idea of putting a company's logo on the Slide! It would otherwise be seen as spam/adverts, to some, but in this it's actually quite helpful-looking when looking for destination while looking it up on Bing Maps.

Genuinely brilliant. They've taken the wealth of data collected through the "bubble" photos and figured out a way to increase its usefulness exponentially.

I don't see how they have lost, this stuff is likly copyrighted. Obviously google will innovate there own ideas. But this is a great thing for microsoft. Google is a great company but its great to see Microsoft come out with somthing like this. I for one anticipate using it. I have tried this before and thought that Google Maps Stree View was useless for it.

This is how Microsoft loses in the competition. They come out with awesome stuff like this and other companies take that idea and beat Microsoft to the market. Then when Microsoft implements the said technology people say they were copying their competitor. While I'm glad I saw the video, Microsoft should've waited to unveil this technology.

Looks pretty good. I wonder if the choppiness will get improved before its launched. Under slow scrolling its fine, but when they were doing faster scrolls, particularly in the middle it looked unnatural and distracting.

joshua.barker said,
Looks pretty good. I wonder if the choppiness will get improved before its launched. Under slow scrolling its fine, but when they were doing faster scrolls, particularly in the middle it looked unnatural and distracting.

internet connection is at fault here. your network can't load every perspective image to allow smooth panning. I believe here that the images are stored locally for demonstration purposes.

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Microsoft have a few iPhone and Mac apps. Just because you may be competitors doesn't mean you can't release products for the other company.

Edited by Eric, Jul 28 2010, 5:43pm :

Wasn't overly impressed until I reached about 3 minutes in. At this point the web application begins to shine, at least for me.

Ronnie Sunde said,
looks awesome... why google havent you come up with this, I have faith =)

Just wait -- Google is still busy copying Bing Images.

/- Razorfold said,
This was announced months ago, and a similar video was shown then too,...come on MS put it into the Bing maps!

I hadn't seen it before so I'm just glad to see Neowin report on this.

thenonhacker said,

But can it bend entire towns just like in Inception?

But can it render an entire road in Crysis at once?