Microsoft’s Bing moves mapping beyond simple directions and street views

One of the most exciting on-going developments in technology has to be mapping. Today, maps are moving to new levels that go far beyond simple directions and street views. Data that is location specific and appropriately tagged with geo-coordinates is flowing onto the web at a rapid pace finding its way onto maps, and changing the way that we view the world.

Street level, three-dimensional images provide a close-up view of any location, flickr images contributed by users around the globe provide a glimpse into the past and in some cases, streaming video may open a window into the present. If that’s not enough to blow you away take a walk indoors or gaze towards the heavens for an astronomically complete representation of the sky above.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas, a Microsoft architect presented new developments to their Bing Maps at the TED 2010 conference happening in California showing us how various technologies and bits of data are being integrated into their mapping software to change the way we can interact with maps and data. This eight minute video is a must watch for any tech geek.

Imagine the possibilities for real estate.

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