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Looking forward to Near-realtime and Dynamic 4D Geo-referenced Video Mapping: A new dimension to Street Viewing.

No doubt, Street Viewing  (for example, Google Street Viewing) introduced a new dimension to the way we represent and map places. Though movie mapping can be traced back to more than three decades ago. Flat maps, 3D models, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Google Static Street Viewing seriously coming into a confluence.

With the evolving power of computing and web technologies, these stuffs are becoming absolutely interesting and changing the way we perceive this subset of reality (the world).

Presently Street Viewing, for example Google street viewing  affords us to have some kind of  ability  to travel virtually over some areas from within your system on the web without being there physically, ”surrogate travel” in space. Historical views of some places are also possible, giving one the ability to compare the same scenes as they change over time.

However, current street views are static, as if there is a pause in time. I am ernestly looking forward to 4D  dynamic street views and video web maps. The system that presents to us, 3D geo-tagged  photos and Videos of places as the scenes change in time. We will not just be able to have some  sort of ”surrogate travel” in space, but also in time.

Looking at technologies such as CCTV, Augmented reality, smart phones that have the ability not only to submit photos and videos but also the ability to send live or near-realtime feeds of photos and videos of places and events, I guess this 4D street viewing is not far fetched.

The Guardian has an interesting article today in this perspective: Going places: A history of Google Maps with Street View

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Bing Venue Maps gets update 1370 shopping malls mapped all over the world.

Redmond’s Venue Maps goes International and adds thousands of shopping malls all over the world. Whether you live in England or Spain, Russia or Belgium, or pretty much anywhere in-between, you will now be able to explore your local shopping mall through Bing maps – helping you locate the stores you are looking for, find the closest services and facilities like toilets and cash machines, and even browse their directories.

Microsoft partnering with Nokia are trying to compete with Google’s Indoor Maps, and maybe they will, but as today Google reports 10 000 venues mapped versus 2700 by Bing.   But I must admit that I’m impressed by Bing Maps that the have mapped every bloody shopping mall in Europe. What I’m really waiting for is indoor positioning within those malls with Nokia Lumia.

It’s still the beginning of the indoor game. We’ll see where it goes.

Source: Bing Maps


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