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Virtual Earth Team - Streetlevel

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Think satellite and birds-eye imagery was cool? Wait until you see streetlevel! Seattle alone is 10 million images. Check out this prototype at http://preview.local.live.com. More info is on the MSN Search Blog.


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  • sushovandesushovande Smiley Face Sharp

    One word.

    (I am too dazzled to say more)

  • billhbillh call -141
    Thanks! I'll have to look at this one later when I get a chance.

    P.S. I just wanted to be the first one to post here (instead of Zeo). Big Smile

    Edit: Well, I wasn't the first...but neither was Zeo. Tongue Out
  • Been checking up on this for updates nearly all day, great to hear it's finaly up and running! Big Smile

  • erikerik_ Whooops!


    But what happends when the pizza shop becomes another store or moves? How long will it take before it updates? 

    How do they got rid of all the privacy stuff, like number plates of cars and faces of people, etc.?

    Btw. What is the key for using the gas thing that is lying in front, like the one they use in 2 fast 2 furious:)

  • ZeoZeo Channel 9 :)
    billh wrote:

    P.S. I just wanted to be the first one to post here (instead of Zeo).

    Edit: Well, I wasn't the first...but neither was Zeo.

    Well technically no I'm not the first....but in a way I beat C9 to posting on this concept.....

    Check it out:

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  • This is cool. It would be great if, in the future, you could create "macros" of driving directions for a virtual driving/walking tour of an area. This would be great, for instance, for tourism agencies and realators. I could even see enthusists creating specialty tours -- "my favorite hang-outs" or something along those lines; when you start taking this technology across international boundaries, it would be a great way to get a taste of someplace far away.

    Again, this is really cool. I can't wait to see how it evolves.
  • RowanRowan Look, no errors.
    Is it just me or is this thing very difficult to use? There seems to be a lot of misplaced images and the car keeps leeping over buildings causing me to lose my place. I'll stick to the bird's eye view for now.

    I must commend the team for making this cross-browser friendly though, I was worried it wouldn't work in my favourite browser, especially since even Live Mail apparently doesn't work in my favourite browser.
  • IanIan Proud to be geek ....

    The XBOX marketing people should get views from PGR3 behind a web interface like this, the 'virtual view' could just be an alternative layer to the street view. 

    (OK perhaps no real practical use, but a fun thing to do!) 

  • Cool! Do you have anything in place to protect privacy? Can license plates of cars in front of the camera van be read?

  • I spent some time replying but when I got to the end couln't figure out how to enter it,  Not all of your viewers have a PhD in Computer Science!!!!
  • my compliments.  years ago a photographer shot individual pictures of buildings along a street and printed them in sequence.  I shot the main street of Colonial Williamsburg with a panorama camera that shot three buildings at a time and xxxxxxxxx projected them with a timing motor through a filmstrip projector to create the illusion of traveling down the street.  Williamsburg is so much like actually being back in Colonial times and so concentrated that it would make an  excellent demo which could be done quickly and  inexpensively.                              e   n  rpojected re
  • Well, I had this same idea 6 (!) years ago, and even made such a virtual trip through the center of the village where I live (for which I took the hundreds of photos myself, and sometimes together with some friends).

    It's nice to see this happening on a larger scale now.
  • Hey Everyone. Here is an image of a reflection of the camera van off of a DHL truck.

    Notice the plentitude of cameras on the top of the van. Kind of looks like an old ambulance!

    Side A


    Side B

  • Although the work of the virtual earth team is quite impressive, I'm wondering why we, Europeans, get such a bad deal from MSFT.

    On http://local.live.com Brussels, Belgium is just a dot (1 million inhabitants...)

    On Google Earth I can almost see the cars in Brussels...

    Peter, Antwerp (pop 500,000 - not a single street visible)
    Belgium, Europe

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