Microsoft have developed a new tool to enhance the current functionality of its Bing Streetside street view. The new feature is called ‘Street Slide’ and will allow users to ‘move’ through city blocks, and enter and leave seamlessly as if you were flicking through a bunch of photographs.
A normal street view behaves by placing photos side by side in a constructed illusion of being there, allowing you to move through them like a slow stop-motion video. However, it is not intuitive enough and is a clunky mess moving through a few paces. This is where Street Slide..err, slides in. Giving off a very striking Inception effect, it bends city blocks by stringing them together with panoramic photos, after which users can to flick through them like an album and choose to visit whichever place they like. For a better understanding, watch the video below.
Microsoft research will be showcasing the new tech at the upcoming computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.