Check this out: Virtual Earth Streetlevel

Remember how A9 took a car with a few cameras on it down streets of major cities and let you see what the storefront looked like at a particular address? Well, we thought that was cool so wanted to take it to the next level.

Virtual Earth Streetlevel.

That link will take you to a Channel 9 video of Streetlevel that shows off what we did (and you’ll meet the team behind it). They took a van with 10 cameras to Seattle and San Francisco (more cities coming soon) and built quite a remarkable AJAX app. Lots of fun. Drive your own car down the streets of San Francisco. Oh, and you can search for the closest Starbucks, too! It’s like playing a video game. Driving through tunnels is a lot of fun!
How many images? Seattle alone is 10 million images. What a database!

You can check it out for yourself at http://preview.local.live.com/. More info is on the MSN Search blog.

What do you think?

135 thoughts on “Check this out: Virtual Earth Streetlevel

  1. I found it quite refreshing and exciting would like to see this all over the country or most large cities.

  2. I found it quite refreshing and exciting would like to see this all over the country or most large cities.

  3. I agree that loading Shockwave 10 is annoying, but SuperTour.com does that transition effect I mentioned earlier. That’s a really nice touch.

  4. I agree that loading Shockwave 10 is annoying, but SuperTour.com does that transition effect I mentioned earlier. That’s a really nice touch.

  5. Well SuperTour has a huge annoyance factor – the need to install a plugin before it will work. The site requires Shockwave version 10, which probably means that most visitors give up before they get to experience what the site can offer.

  6. Well SuperTour has a huge annoyance factor – the need to install a plugin before it will work. The site requires Shockwave version 10, which probably means that most visitors give up before they get to experience what the site can offer.

  7. If you liked Windows Live Local I think you will also enjoy SuperTour.com. The main difference between the two sites is that while exploring SuperTour you walk the streets instead of driving. You are also able to explore the insides of hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. Since the site is still in beta there are only two locations available, Miami and Las Vegas. More is to come, so check it out (www.supertour.com).

  8. If you liked Windows Live Local I think you will also enjoy SuperTour.com. The main difference between the two sites is that while exploring SuperTour you walk the streets instead of driving. You are also able to explore the insides of hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. Since the site is still in beta there are only two locations available, Miami and Las Vegas. More is to come, so check it out (www.supertour.com).

  9. Sorry: “Steve, thanks. I ultimately was able to scroll.” should be”Steve, thanks. I ultimately was able to ZOOM.”

  10. Sorry: “Steve, thanks. I ultimately was able to scroll.” should be”Steve, thanks. I ultimately was able to ZOOM.”

  11. Steve, thanks. I ultimately was able to scroll.

    I have few questions; a fair number of my critiques are posted here, but maybe I’ll send a more comprehensive list to you via email. Thanks.

  12. Steve, thanks. I ultimately was able to scroll.

    I have few questions; a fair number of my critiques are posted here, but maybe I’ll send a more comprehensive list to you via email. Thanks.

  13. Hi Goebbels – What are your questions? you can email me your questions related to Windows Live Local or the Streetside Preview, and I’ll be sure to get back to you with a response.

    As for your Zooming question, I can address that here.

    To Zoom In:
    Plus key
    Doubleclcick the map
    Roll mouse wheel forward

    To Zoom out:
    Minus key
    alt-DOubleclick
    Roll mouse wheel back.

    Hope that gets you started. send me other questions directly.

    Steve Lombardi
    Virtual Earth Program Manager
    SteveLom@microsoft.com

  14. Hi Goebbels – What are your questions? you can email me your questions related to Windows Live Local or the Streetside Preview, and I’ll be sure to get back to you with a response.

    As for your Zooming question, I can address that here.

    To Zoom In:
    Plus key
    Doubleclcick the map
    Roll mouse wheel forward

    To Zoom out:
    Minus key
    alt-DOubleclick
    Roll mouse wheel back.

    Hope that gets you started. send me other questions directly.

    Steve Lombardi
    Virtual Earth Program Manager
    SteveLom@microsoft.com

  15. “Goebbels, why don’t you just swallow your pride and watch the video? i’m sure you will feel a lot better afterwards.”

    I used to occassionally despite Scoble’s poor techniques, sycophantic interview style, poor demeanor, and constant “oohing” and “ahhing” and “that’s cool”ing.

    BUT… Microsoft has dropped Apple support without a vlaid reason. Scoble has claimed he would determine what the “true” reason was and report it to us; he has failed to do so for over 2 months, I believe. Scoble also said even he saw it as a problem and would pursue changing formats: he acts as if this is a monumental tasks that task tons of time and money; in fact, if he skipped one silly trip to one silly convo I could have a server set up for him in the time alloted and half the price.

    I will what the sh!t videos only when one or more of the following occurs:
    1. SMPTE actually approves VC-1 as a standard: yeah, right!
    2. Scoble reports to us the true reason for dropping Apple support
    3. Scoble converts the video to an acceptable format (which even includes the simple YouTube format)

    And, finally, feel better? Why? I can test a beta quite easily. If the people behind that beta want feedback and info and want to provide it to testers, but refuse to give it in anything beyond a crappy video done on a handheld, that’s their problem, not mine.

  16. “Goebbels, why don’t you just swallow your pride and watch the video? i’m sure you will feel a lot better afterwards.”

    I used to occassionally despite Scoble’s poor techniques, sycophantic interview style, poor demeanor, and constant “oohing” and “ahhing” and “that’s cool”ing.

    BUT… Microsoft has dropped Apple support without a vlaid reason. Scoble has claimed he would determine what the “true” reason was and report it to us; he has failed to do so for over 2 months, I believe. Scoble also said even he saw it as a problem and would pursue changing formats: he acts as if this is a monumental tasks that task tons of time and money; in fact, if he skipped one silly trip to one silly convo I could have a server set up for him in the time alloted and half the price.

    I will what the sh!t videos only when one or more of the following occurs:
    1. SMPTE actually approves VC-1 as a standard: yeah, right!
    2. Scoble reports to us the true reason for dropping Apple support
    3. Scoble converts the video to an acceptable format (which even includes the simple YouTube format)

    And, finally, feel better? Why? I can test a beta quite easily. If the people behind that beta want feedback and info and want to provide it to testers, but refuse to give it in anything beyond a crappy video done on a handheld, that’s their problem, not mine.

  17. If you can’t figure out what end user problem Halo solved, then you are more clueless about business than even Chris Coulter could imagine.

    I think MS’s stock price reflects how valuable doing “cool stuff” is.

  18. If you can’t figure out what end user problem Halo solved, then you are more clueless about business than even Chris Coulter could imagine.

    I think MS’s stock price reflects how valuable doing “cool stuff” is.

  19. Scoble,

    I think StreetLevel presents Microsoft an excellent opportunity to involve the geek community in its projects.

    Grabbing photographs of every street in the US is going to mind-bogglingly expensive, but guess what, there are some enthusiasts would be willing to help Microsoft wih this…hint hint…;)

    If a person can grab pictures of the street where he/she works or lives, then slowly you can build up a big database of pictures from all over the country.

    While there are severe logistical, and I assume copyright challenges to be worked out, this is a great community project; after all it is a preview (alpha?) right?

    Cheers :D

  20. Scoble,

    I think StreetLevel presents Microsoft an excellent opportunity to involve the geek community in its projects.

    Grabbing photographs of every street in the US is going to mind-bogglingly expensive, but guess what, there are some enthusiasts would be willing to help Microsoft wih this…hint hint…;)

    If a person can grab pictures of the street where he/she works or lives, then slowly you can build up a big database of pictures from all over the country.

    While there are severe logistical, and I assume copyright challenges to be worked out, this is a great community project; after all it is a preview (alpha?) right?

    Cheers :D

  21. anon: you’re funny!

    Dmad: what end user problem does Halo solve? Can’t we do anything just because it’s cool or fun anymore?

    But, the team answers what problems this solves in the video. Oh, wait, anon thinks the video is useless. Geeessshhh.

  22. anon: you’re funny!

    Dmad: what end user problem does Halo solve? Can’t we do anything just because it’s cool or fun anymore?

    But, the team answers what problems this solves in the video. Oh, wait, anon thinks the video is useless. Geeessshhh.

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