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Street Slide

Street Slide stitches together slices from multiple panoramas, making it possible to see all the shops on a street at once.

Credit: Microsoft Research

Microsoft researchers have developed Street Slide, street-level imaging software that could help people find locations more quickly on the Web, as well as leave new space for online advertising. Street Slide combines image slices from multiple panoramas captured along a stretch of road into one continuous view. "[Street Slide] helps you actually navigate using street-side imagery," says Microsoft Research senior scientist Michael Cohen.

Street Slide's panoramic view enables users to slide along the facades of buildings looking for places of interest, and can zoom back in to a classic bubble view at any time. A user also can flip the viewpoint to see the other side of the street, or turn corners onto new streets.

Street Slide's wider view offers empty space on the screen below the image of the street that could be used to show logos of businesses, a small map of the area, advertising, or to display social information.

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