fredag den 5. juni 2009

Introducing smart navigation in Street View: double-click to go (anywhere!)

Lur mig om ikke StreetView bliver fremtidens platform for augmented reality ...

Streetview might become the future platform for augmented reality ... Google search data will be pasted onto buildings and ads and whatever ...


Street View is a great way to see panoramas of streets from all over the world. We've launched some great improvements to this tool, including most recently overlaying user photos and the ability to view Street View in fullscreen. Until now though, the usual way to navigate through Street View has remained the forward and backward arrows along the roads which move you to the next immediate panorama.

Today, we are really excited to introduce a new mode of navigation which liberates you from the road arrows and gets you where you want to go in just a few clicks.  You can now use Street View's smart navigation to travel to a new place just by double clicking on the place or object you would like to see.  We have been able to accomplish this by making a compact representation of the building facade and road geometry for all the Street View panoramas using laser point clouds and differences between consecutive pictures. 

As you move your mouse within Street View, you'll notice that the cursor now has lightly-shaded geometry attached to it - it will show an oval when your mouse is following a road and a rectangle when moving across the facades of buildings. We affectionately refer to this cursor geometry as the "pancake" because it has the appearance of a pancake laying flat to the object where the mouse is pointing.  By giving you a sense of depth,it makes the flat image almost feel three-dimensional! [...]

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