In an effort to out Google google, Yell.com have launched a new amazing three dimensional map system that enable users to fly around their city like a superhero.
In a UK-first, the photo-realistic 3D maps were created from actual film footage shot from light aeroplanes using sophisticated aerospace technology, which is then merged with other film taken from ground level. They can be used for free on the Yell.com website, which is the online version of the Yellow Pages directory.
I know we have a few geektowners down in ol London town. You might want to pay a visit to Selfridges and have a look at this nifty 3D interactive window and Augmented Reality Tissot have installed in the shop’s window!
For those of you not in London, check out www.tissot.ch/reality to download the application at home and experience the Tissot Touch collection on your wrist.
Once again, TED2010 comes up with something brilliant as Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos new augmented-reality mapping technology from Microsoft.
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. Simply put, it could utterly transform the way we experience digital images.
He’s now the architect of Bing Maps at Microsoft, where he leads a team of researchers and engineers with strengths in social media, computer vision and graphics. He joined Microsoft when Seadragon was acquired by Live Labs in 2006. Shortly after the acquisition of Seadragon, Blaise directed his team in a collaboration with Microsoft Research and the University of Washington, leading to the first public previews of Photosynth several months later. His TEDTalk on Seadragon and Photosynth in 2007 is rated one of TED’s “most jaw-dropping.”
Another great lecture from TED about how gaming is leaking into real life, and how it could all end…
Picked this up off the BBC Tech website. Proper scifi style imput device, that uses your own skin as the imput called Skinput! Facinating idea.
To celebrate the arrival of spring, from today (22 March 2010) till 7 April, 2010 we’re giving GeekTown fans a fantastic 10% discount on all orders £20 or over in the GeekTown Shop!
All you have to do is place an order over with a minimum order value of £20, and use the code “HELLOSUN” in the GeekTown shop checkout to get your 10% discount!
We’ve recently revamped the t-shirt shop with a whole bunch of new designs and styles! You can get: