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Bing Maps Adds Telescope Lens

 7:04 pm on Mar 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

Bing Maps Adds Telescope Lens [news.cnet.com]
On Wednesday, Microsoft is adding a star-gazing feature to its Bing Maps service, allowing users to "look up" and see what the stars look like from any point on earth.

There a pretty cool demo of this and other features done by Blaise Aguera y Arcas at TED on augmented reality.




 3:43 pm on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

How long ago was it that Google Earth added this feature?


 4:39 pm on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

I was just looking at Bing's approach to mapping. While it seems that Google has more data, Microsoft seems to be doing a better job displaying the data. The user experience is MUCH better in Bing. Chalk one up for Bing:

Google 1,000,000,000
Bing 1


 7:06 pm on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

How long ago was it that Google Earth added this feature?

Long time ago, maybe a little before (or was it after?) Microsoft launched Telescope, but still you need to download and install Earth which in turn installs an always running service on your computer (figure out what it does), otoh, you can use bing maps online.

Bing maps images have much more quality than goog's maps or earth.


 9:09 pm on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

Looking at the sky through the camera of a Nexus One phone and having it show that sky marked up with labels for each of the planets and constellations is quite mind-blowing. Putting the phone down on the table and having the screen show you that the Sun, Jupiter and Neptune are almost directly below your feet is even more crazy. AR changes everything, and will speed up the move of the web from the desktop to the mobile.


 11:44 pm on Mar 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

Looking at my house on Bing satellite view and I see plain ground. I see it ok in Google Earth. I think Bing Maps are 3-4 years old.


 11:37 am on Mar 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

I supect Bing and Google are constantly refreshing these images (long-term cycle). I walk to the train station so my truck is always in the driveway. It's a big red truck and it's in Bing's maps. Google shows my old green car.

I'm not saying Google is older than Bing, it's just a normal cycle...

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