The Exciting New World Of Maps

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As we make more and more transitions to a highly mobile and connected world, it seems like maps are all the rage (again).

If you were somewhat surprised that Avinash Kaushik (author of Web Analytics – An Hour A Day and Web Analytics 2.0, Blogger at Occam’s Razor and Analytics Evangelist for Google) declared that "maps" have got him most excited at work these days (for the full conversation with Kaushik, please go here: SPOS #189 – Avinash Kaushik With His Hair On Fire), then you may even be more surprised by what Microsoft has been rolling out with with Bing Maps (new and improved with augmented reality!). At this week’s TED 2010 conference, Blaise Aguera y Arcas (an architect at Microsoft Live Labs, the architect of Seadragon and the co-creator of Photosynth) demoed some of the latest developments… watch this: Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps.

(special hat-tip to TED for publishing these talks as the conference was still underway).


  1. Amazing! Just makes you dream of all the possibilities.
    The first thing I think of, only because it was a rash of recent projects I was involved with, is can we use this technology to inventory IT equipment on large hospital and university campuses? And, then integrate that with CAD!
    The second thing I think of is holding virtual conferences in combination with Live conferences. Imaging using the augmented reality function to walk yourself into a university lecture hall and watch the lecture as it happens.
    Amazing! The world has so much farther to go. We have not thought of everything yet.

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