When street view came out on all the the popular online map applications, we thought it was awesome. We were able to see photos of the actual buildings and people walking on the street. It's especially handy when you're looking for something in a brand new area. Street Slide from Microsoft Research is the next iteration of that.
The tough part with current street views is that the you don't get a seamless transition as you move from point A to point B. Instead, you get to one point and you can look around the panoramic view, and then move on, and then look around again. In the real world though we don't scan, go blurry, and then scan. We just scan. Street Slide brings you a bit closer to reality with the ability to look up and down the street, without the gaps.
Bring annotations and mobile into the picture and things get really interesting. Street signs, businesses, and street numbers provide context for where you are or where you're going, so that you'll never get lost again.
Watch Street Slide in action below.
Full paper found here.