Wednesday, 4th August 2010
Research from Microsoft & MS Research: Street Slide: Browsing Street Level Imagery
by Johannes Kopf, Billy Chen, Richard Szeliski, Michael F. Cohen
Presented at SIGGRAPH 2010
Now this is cool!
"A multi-perspective street slide panorama with navigational aides and mini-map."
From the Abstract:
Systems such as Google Street View and Bing Maps Streetside enable users to virtually visit cities by navigating between immersive 360° panoramas, or bubbles. The discrete moves from bubble to bubble enabled in these systems do not provide a good visual sense of a larger aggregate such as a whole city block. Multi-perspective "strip" panoramas can provide a visual summary of a city street but lack the full realism of immersive panoramas.
We present Street Slide, which combines the best aspects of the immersive nature of bubbles with the overview provided by multiperspective strip panoramas. We demonstrate a seamless transition between bubbles and multi-perspective panoramas. We also present a dynamic construction of the panoramas which overcomes many of the limitations of previous systems. As the user slides sideways, the multi-perspective panorama is constructed and rendered dynamically to simulate either a perspective or hyper-perspective view.
We demonstrate our Street Slide system on a series of intersecting streets in an urban setting. We report the results of a user study, which shows that visual searching is greatly enhanced with the Street Slide interface over existing systems from Google and Bing.
Access Full Text Paper (8 pages; PDF)
It does get technical but those of us (non-techies) should get something out of it.
You can also download and view two videos (in right column) of this page. A 4:42 second video is also embedded on the abstract page.
Hat Tip: Flowing Data