CAT at a Glance: Blaise Aguera y Arcas

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Blaise Aguera y Arcas at his 2007 TED talk
Blaise Aguera y Arcas at his 2007 TED talk

Microsoft Bing Maps architect Blaise Agueras y Arcas stirred audiences once again at TED last week when he demoed the service's new features. Among those include the Streetside Photos app that integrates creative-commons approved photos from Flickr into the already existing Bing map universe.

During his talk he showcased other exciting features to come, like World Wide Telescope Integration, which will eventually allow Bing map users to look up and view the constellations above, Indoor Panoramas, which provides a more intimate peek into indoor areas like a marketplace or a theme park, and Video Overlay Technology that superimposes video directly atop street-level imagery.

The new app is a reverse version of technology Aguera y Arcas had developed for Microsoft's Photosynth, which he presented at TED in 2007. Photosynth binds vast amounts of photography to create a massively detailed, comprehensive picture of a scene or location, like CNN's The Moment depicting President Obama's inauguration. The technology has since been used in advertising campaigns like TBWA Whybin's 10th Anniversary adidas All Blacks Team Poster.

Keep up with Aguera y Arcas' latest developments on the Bing Blog.

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