Microsoft’s Street Slide

MB’s Marija sent this around the studio today. According to Microsoft’s research site, Street Slide “combines the best aspects of the immersive nature of bubbles [360 degree panoramas) with the overview provided by multiperspective strip panoramas.” This approach is still very much in its development stages and presently only covers about four kilometers on six streets in Seattle. But it was its potential as a next-generation navigation tool both for desktop and mobile browsing, that really caught the attention of attendees at SIGGRAPH 2010 last week. Along with Photosynth, Microsoft are very much at the cutting edge of intuitively navigable and searchable image-based mapping.

Street Slide’s innovative nature is explained as, “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. This provides a strong sense of parallax, which adds to the immersion. We call this form of sliding sideways while looking at a street fa├žade a street slide.”

Check out the researchers’ findings here and watch this ‘sliding’ space!