In a demo that drew gasps at TED2010, Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos new augmented-reality mapping technology from Microsoft.
Microsoft's Bing Maps augmented reality demos at the TED conference this week generated some buzz, but the video wasn't available until now. Here it is, via Niall Harbison and Kip Kniskern.
"We see this space, three-dimensional environment as being a canvas on which all sorts of applications can play out," says Bing Maps' Blaise Aguera y Arcas. "Maps, directions are really just one of them."
Why you should listen to him: .Blaise Aguera y Arcas' background is as multidimensional as the visions he helps create. In the 1990s, he authored patents on both video compression and 3D visualization techniques, and in 2001, he made an influential computational discovery that cast doubt on Gutenberg's role as the father of movable type.
He also created Seadragon (acquired by Microsoft in 2006), the visualization technology that gives Photosynth its amazingly smooth digital rendering and zoom capabilities. Photosynth itself is a vastly powerful piece of software capable of taking a wide variety of images, analyzing them for similarities, and grafting them together into an interactive three-dimensional space. This seamless patchwork of images can be viewed via multiple angles and magnifications, allowing us to look around corners or "fly" in for a (much) closer look.
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