Adding a New Dimension to Fieldwork: TED Augmented-reality Mapping with Microsoft’s Bing Maps

In a September ‘08 edition of RSC NewsFeed we highlighted the launch of Microsoft’s Photosynth technology which lets you build three-dimensional representations of places and objects using a series of digital images. One of the original developers from this project recently demonstrated how this technology was being integrated in Microsoft’s Bing Maps. The video below not only shows how static images can be overlaid in a ‘street-view’ but also demonstrates the ability to stream live video. The technology used isn’t available for general release yet but it highlights a number of opportunities to enhance areas like video conferencing or even augmenting student fieldwork.