A few years ago when Google Earth was released, I thought it was one of the coolest things out there, and I still do; but now there’s something better. Blaise Aguera y Arcas demoed what has been going on with Bing Maps at TED2010 and it’s completely blown me away.
Now, not only are maps and satellite photos available–all of which are great quality no matter if the city is big or small–but you can keep zooming in farther. Beyond Google’s Street view, Bing allows you to move freely up and down sidewalks, even in and out of businesses.
Pictures from Flickr are integrated right into the view, and the big finale: There’s video too. Not just some random YouTube clip that happened to be filmed nearby, but actual real-time streaming video from the location you are looking at on the screen.
Imagine the possibilities for that.
Stick a camera wherever you want and stream it 24 hours a day. Better yet, stick a camera on every street corner and stream them all live.
Imagine being able to watch any location on the planet live and on demand.
I’m not much of a map fan, but this goes far beyond maps. This truly connects the world.
Try it out for yourself.
Originally published on February 13, 2010.