Thursday, 16 December 2010
In the video above Blaise Aguera y Arcas of Bing is demonstrating a new Photosynth application for iPhones. The application is expected to be released in the coming months.
It looks like Photosynths captured with the iPhone could be added to Bing Maps. In the second half of the video Blaise demonstrates Street Slide. Street Slide is a side on view of a road, which can be scrolled left and right. If you zoom in Street Slide seamlessly integrates with Street Side (Street View) views.
Street Slide is available in the lastest version of Bing for iPhone.
Via: Photosynth Blog
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
The preview lists a set of malls in the Seattle, Boston, and NY metro areas, including:
1. Bellevue Square, WA
2. Crossroads, WA
3. Redmond Town Center, WA
4. Shops at the Bravern, WA
5. Meridian Town Center, WA
6. North Bend Premium Outlets, WA
7. Seattle Premium Outlets, WA
8. Cascade Mall, WA
9. Everett Mall, WA
10. Kitsap Mall, WA
11. University Village, WA
12. Marketplace at Factoria, WA
13. Bellevue Place, WA
14. Lincoln Square, WA
15. North Gate Mall, WA
16. Pacific Place Mall, WA
17. Tacoma Mall, WA
18. West Field Southcenter Mall, WA
19. Southhill Mall, WA
20. Queens Center Mall, NY
21. Roosevelt Field Mall, NY
22. Chestnut Hill Mall, MA
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Whether you are going five or fifty places, the Route Planner app is a useful, unique map app that will get you from point A to Z in the shortest amount of time possible.
Find Shortest Routes or quickest routes with traffic and managing geocoding from Excel data.
How it Works
The first step is to add destinations on the map. “RouteSavvy” makes it easy to quickly add a few or 100 destinations – you can click locations on the map, enter addresses manually on the left-rail, or upload an Excel file with addresses on each row. For demonstration purposes, I’ve shown eight points below. Each time you add a destination, the map auto-zooms and centres so you can see all the destinations at once.
"General users likely have between three and ten destinations when they plan trips that could benefit from route optimization. The value of this tool for business use is amplified when businesses may have 25 or more destinations to reach in a day. Other servicesonly allow up to 25 waypoints – considering the Bing app can handle up to 100, we feel that we’ll be a strong choice for businesses who need great route optimization for lots of destinations. Realtor's who have multiple showings in a day, any business that does deliveries, shuttle services, technicians, and florists – just a few examples - will find this to be a great tool to make their lives easier with the “RouteSavvy” app."
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
The Bing Education Map App:
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Piracy Watch uses Bing Maps to help visualise piracy incidents around the globe from 1978 to present, displaying the data in both a map and timeline. The visualization also includes a heat map to give an immediate understanding of what parts of the world have been most impacted.
It is possible to click on any of the map markers to get further details of an incident. You can also click on the incidents displayed in the timeline to load the details and to see it highlighted on the map.
Monday, 13 September 2010
"MSN has teamed up with Shoothill to present an interactive overview of the Battle of Britain. Zoom into a mosaic of archive images and documents; compare present-day maps with maps and charts showing bomb damage during the Blitz; and view high-resolution Photosynths of iconic RAF aircraft."
"This is one of the 'Best Bing Interactive Maps' for 2010 (and 1940)"
The TimeMap is based on Bing Maps Silverlight Control. It shows original maps, reconnaissance imagery and target documents of the German Luftwaffe. You can navigate to various locations through quick links in a target list for London and Coventry.
- The TimeScope can be dragged around to explore the location
- The TimeSlider lets you switch between various historic maps and satellite imagery and the Documents.
- DeepZoom - Compositions of the original target documents within the TimeScope.
Click for large view on the Map Controls, TimeSlider and TimeScope.
View the maps here:
cross-posted from the Mapperz blog
Friday, 27 August 2010
See current locations, forecast paths and detailed stats for any active hurricane this season (2010)
Hurricane Danielle 2010 - Currently Category 4
- Profile view of wind speed & forecast wind
- Animated symbols
- Lighten darken map
- Possible forecast error shown
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Get Bing Maps for your locations in hotmail.
Hotmail users can embedd Bing Maps into emails for showing locations and linking to directions in the main Bing Maps Website.
When users create a new email message the option 'From Bing' is displayed and contains
- Clip Art
- Maps & Places
You can add new locations (and save them for later)
Then just use the insert to add the embedded map to your email.
Internet connection is required for displaying the map.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Facebook has launched 'Facebook Places' accessible and the new Facebook iPhone application touch.facebook.com site on your moblie device. Select the Places button, find the location where you are and check-in. Just like that, the check-in will flow to your profile on Facebook.com complete with a Bing Map, a pin of your location and any commentary you’ve added to your check-in.
Places also includes the ability to see where your friends have checked in, a link to get directions to a place (via Bing Maps) and a Like button for the respective place page. The place information bubbles up to the actual Places page which has a larger map experience, plus an update for you to see all of your friends who’ve visited that location. This means you can see where your friends are checking and discover new places.
With 500 million users overnight have the ability to check-in to locations providing a wealth of information to you and your friends about businesses, common places to visit and who of your friends is going to the most random locations.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Greg's Cable Map is an attempt to consolidate all the available information about the World's undersea communications infrastructure on a Bing Map. The initial data for the map was harvested from Wikipedia, and further information was gathered by simply Googling and transcribing as much data as possible.
If you mouse-over any of the displayed cables on the map a brief description is displayed at the bottom of the map. If you click on the cable more details are displayed in the map sidebar and links are given to relevant websites.
Greg's Cable Map
Thursday, 12 August 2010
CACH'EYE is a free personalised geocaching map service based on a Bing Maps application. Each user can define the content of his personal cachemap. Cache data are imported from Pocket Queries, from GPX- / LOC-Files or are exported from Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK) and visualised in an easy-to-use interactive map.
Clear, creative mapping for geocaches around the world.
Version 1.1 has many new features
- Caches and additional waypoints now can be imported into the map directly from your Pocket Queries using the PQ-ZIP-File or still by using a GSAK-macro (as in V1.0), Up to 3000 caches plus waypoints may be displayed.
- A single cache may be imported and visualized on the map via a GPX- or LOC-File.
- Caches and additional waypoints now are associated to each other. With Focus/cache the map highlights and zooms to all waypoints of a specific cache.
- ToDo-Lists assist you in quick and easy route planning. Todo-lists are named and you can maintain several lists.
- Now you may move solved "Mysteries", "Multicaches" and "Other Caches" to corrected coordinates on the map in case you did not import this cache from GSAK.
- Openstreetmap also can be used as the basemap.
- Measure distance tool
- Altitude display (approx.) in Cache/Waypoint/Marker Popup
- Metrics (km/miles) may be changed in account settings / information.
- Displays waymarks on the map for GSAK-based datasets
- Invoke the "Log Your Visit" page directly from within the map
- Better appearance on 800x600 screen resolution
More information on CachEye
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
(cross posted with kind permission from Mapperz)
Open Street Map is now available in Bing Maps via the 'Open Street Map' App
|MapNik Tile Render via Bing Maps (OSM) APP|
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
- Cool colours visually recede allowing warmer overlays to come forward - An elegant backdrop for information delivery and helps content ‘pop out’ on the map
- Road colour provides greatest differentiation scientifically from red, yellow, green traffic overlays.
- De-saturation on zoom allows more continuous transition to photographic material (Aerial, Birdseye, Streetside) and allows user to focus on street level detail better.
- Designed to work in black and white and to be differentiated by those with the most common forms of colour blindness
- Crisp/easy to read font, larger font corresponds to larger roads
- Lower cognitive load – Less data / clearer details (loads faster)
- Improved international coverage: Data updates deliver improved road and street detail across Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Oceania and Asia.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
This Bing Map lets you view historical maps of Berlin. The map features an innovative 'timescope' that you can drag over the modern map of Berlin whilst viewing the historical map through the timescope.
If you wish to view a different historical map of Berlin you can select a date from the bottom of the timescope. It is also possible to adjust the transparency of the historical map to view the modern map beneath. On the right hand side of the map are quick links to some of Berlin's top sights.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
|Find Facebook Stories by location using Bing Maps|
Facebook is all about your individual and collective experiences of you and your friends. It's filled with hundreds of millions of stories. Which ones inspire you? What's your Facebook story?
Facebook has launched a new application highlighting shared stories about people who have leveraged Facebook to reconnect.
The app "Facebook Stories" uses stories that have been authored by users who’ve found family, friends and flames on Facebook after having been long disconnected and used the social network to find one another amongst the 500 million Facebook users.
Of the stories that have been published, Facebook is providing you with location context via Bing Maps. For those users that are reading the stories a map provides that visual representation to stories location.
The application lets you scroll through stories on Bing Maps (by location), as well as by dozens of themes “Love,” “Family,” Reunions,” “Sports” and “College” etc.. Fill out the short form at the bottom and select a theme, and you’ll be able to share your story in the application and with your friends through News Feed.
Facebook wants your stories. Story submissions are limited to 420 characters, so think about what makes your story unique and about the impact you or a group of people made by using Facebook. Read the full blog post on the Facebook blog for more details.
Facebook Stories App and Bing Map -
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Live Example : http://silverlight.onterrasys.com/dataconnectorUI/#/WKT
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 (Landranger series) scale mapping in Bing Maps
Ordnance Survey 1:25.000 (Explorer series) scale mapping in Bing Maps
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Bing Maps includes elevation gain, slope (-/+%) with an interactive profile chart linked to the map route of each stage.
Thursday, 1 July 2010
Seattle.gov have launched this 'My Neighborhood' include Crime reports Map.
The crime icons are based on initial police reports taken by officers when responding to incidents around the city. The information enters Seattle Police Records Management System and is then transmitted out to the Bing map.
Note: This data and their corresponding map icons will populated on the 'My Neighborhood' map within 6 to 12 hours after the report is filed into the system.
Use the left-hand side bar in choosing date (by calendar), types of crime (Crimes Against Persons, Drugs and Vice, Property Crime/Theft, Transportation & Miscellaneous sub- catergories). Advice is not to switch everything on at once.
About the data:
The mapped icons are based on police reports taken by officers when responding to incidents around the city. The time for an incident to show on the map is 12 hours after the report has been processed. However, the time for a report related to the event to be made available online can take 2-3 business days.
This map provides a good overview of reported activity going on in the Seattle neighborhood. The icons for these incidents are based on initial reports, however, and are subject to change as the investigation proceeds. For this reason, the mapped incidents will not match monthly crime statistics and will not provide a true measure of safety or crime in an area.
View the Seattle Police "My Neighborhood" Bing Map
On the same Bing Map it is possible to view live Fire or Medical impacts
Using the 'Impacts' tab on the map will change from crime to Fire Incidents (with covers medicial) assistance - this map is updated every 2 minutes.
View the Fire/Medicial Map
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
After the announcement http://bingmapswatch.blogspot.com/2010/03/bing-maps-sql-azure-support-april-2010.html that Azure SQL 2008 was implmenting Spatial Support (Geography and Geometry) this now enabled.
This is an example of combining, Windows Azuew, SQL Azure, Silverlight and Bing Maps to produce a find along a route example
Finding Petrol (Gas) Stations along a route (Boston to Chicago) within 1km (1000m) of the route.
The code inside Azure SQL 2008 doing this is
@myGEOM is the lat and lng (x1,y2)+(x2,y2) start and end points for the route
@myBuffer is the buffer distance (1000m default)
@myRoute is the (xy,xy,xy,xy) of the enitre route creating a polyline
This polyline is then buffered creating a polygon (area) around the route.
SQL 2008 Azure then uses Geoproccessing 'Buffer' and 'Intersect' to pull-out
any points (gas stations in this example) and then displays the points as markers
on bing maps
CREATE PROCEDURE [FindNearRoute] @myGEOM nvarchar(MAX), @myBuffer int
--Create the Buffer
DECLARE @myRoute geography;
SET @myRoute = @myGEOM;
DECLARE @SearchArea geography;
SET @SearchArea = @myRoute.STBuffer(@myBuffer);
--Return all POI in the search area
SELECT Lat, Lon, Name
WHERE (@SearchArea.STIntersects(GEOM)) = 1
Live Example (Silverlight required)
There is also a zip file (BM-FindNearRoute.zip) with all the source code required to create your own find near a route example.
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Routes can now be made draggable
"Many people like the drag-able routes in the consumer facing implementation of Bing Maps. This feature basically allows you to mouse over a route-path and drag a point to a location that you want to drive past. "
Dragged Route - Auto re-calculation of the route.
Multi-waypoint routing in Bing Maps. You can have up to 25 waypoints, 27 including start point, an endpoint and up to 25 points in between within a single route-calculation. When the route is dragged the API re-calculates the route and basically adds an additional waypoint into the route.
Draggable Routes Bing Maps Demo
Source with Code with thanks to Johannes Kebeck
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Below is a preview of the Windows Phone 7 app used for real-time tracking of Chicago buses.
"This app will make sure you never miss a bus, and perhaps more importantly, will make sure you know the best time to leave your house or office so you don’t end up standing and waiting at the bus stop for a ridiculous amount of time."
Windows Phone 7 app used for real-time tracking of Chicago buse
- It takes full advantage of the Bing Maps Silverlight control to plot out exact GPS locations of buses and stops, making sure you always know the optimal time to leave.
- BusTrack can even group your most frequent stops together by a “location” so you don’t have to bounce in and out of different routes that you might want take to your destination.
Friday, 11 June 2010
World Cup – The New World Cup map app highlights all the different countries participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Countries are pinned to the map with their respective flags as pushpin icons. Clicking a flag pin will tell you when their next game is and against who they play with links to the FIFA web site for the respective match. Additionally, Bing in Partnership with Twitter & FIFA are pushing down tons of information such as teams, stats and standings right in Bing Maps. Now millions of World Cup fans can easily follow the month-long soccer [Football] finals with the Bing Maps World Cup app. In addition to group standings, the app will link by country to team stats including results and fixtures. The latest World Cup news will be supplied via an RSS feed from FIFA. Also, Stadiums will be pinned on the map; selecting a stadium will automatically zoom in on the map to the level that will display an aerial image of the stadium. Tweets that include World Cup terms [#WorldCup] will be shown. And for users who want to feel like they are there, they can check out World Cup specific 3D scenes from Photosynth. And Aerial photos have been just updated in time for World Cup. So, if you zoom to the areas in and around the stadiums you’ll see some high resolution aerial photos with the new stadiums in clear view.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Bing's Destination Map is a fun application that lets you create a static map for any location in the world and give it a number of predefined styles. The styles include a hand-drawn look and a pirate style.
To create a map just choose a location and the style you want for your map. Bing will then create your map for you.
Once created you can print out the map or save it to the web.
Monday, 7 June 2010
Once developers have created a Bing Map app, they are encouraged to submit it to the King of Bing Maps Challenge. The challenge starts today and concludes on July 25, 2010.
Bing have also released a new mapping app Weatherbug
With WeatherBug you can check weather around the world or select an observation station to see the current conditions. Observation stations are pinned to the map and you can layer Doppler and satellite weather imagery over the map view.
Observation stations include National Weather Service locations, WeatherBug Backyard stations, and WeatherBug stations, which may include current and next day forecasts, camera images and links to radar imagery.
Bing in the UK have just launched an ice cream van tour. This Bing Map of the tour promises a free delicious ice lolly courtesy of Bing and tells you where and when you can collect your freebie.
The tour seems to run for all of June and the ice cream van seems to be touring mostly in London but there are a few planned stops between London and Reading. If you want to find out where the ice cream van is stopping then you need to check out this Bing Map of the tour.
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
New Bing Map App: Bing Health Maps, Florida.
Data from the Department of Health and Human Services is used in this new Bing Map App dubbed Bing Health Maps. The new Map App provides statistical information for the entire United States by county to visualize healthy & not-so-healthy parts of the country to help you make healthier decisions.
"After viewing this app, you’ll want to stay healthy…"
"Using the Bing Health Map App allows for a great, quick views of the different counties around the U.S. How useful would this be in only tabular form?"
Chris Pendleton - Bing Maps Technical Evangelist
Bing Health Maps - http://tinyurl.com/Bing-Health-Maps
Monday, 31 May 2010
Why isn't my Tweet showing up?First, you need to "enable geotagging" on your profile page at http://twitter.com/ Second, you need make sure you use a Twitter application that supports adding location to Tweets. If you want to find a client that does support geolocation, look at Twitter applications used to generate Tweets the list on the left panel.
A few ideas: first, please read the above about adding location to your Tweets. We are not placing Tweets based on Twitter profile, but based on per Tweet geolocation.
What about privacy?We are only showing public Tweets (which is the default setting when you sign up at Twitter). Please remember that when you create a public Tweet anyone may be able see your Tweet content and location. Tweet with care.
How can I find specific Tweets?
You can search by location, username, keyword term using the "Search Filters" in the left hand pane.
Microsoft Fuselabs - Bing Twitter Map Project:
Sunday, 23 May 2010
This is a pretty decent taxi driver simulation game built on top of Bing Maps. The aim of the game is to pick up and drop off passengers in and around Vancouver, Canada.
The game itself is very impressive but what is even more wonderful is that the developers have made the source files for the game freely available. So if you want to build something similar yourself just download the files and get to work.
If that sounds too much like hard work then just play the game!
Friday, 21 May 2010
Three more Bing Maps Explore Apps
- Gas Prices (US only)
- Distance Calculator (Worldwide)
- Parking Finder (US only)
Find the gas prices near you or where you intend to go before you set off.
Find either the straight line distance or the driving/road distance to your chosen locations.
And the latest app is parking with useful calculator or rates over the period of time you require.
Like the update this app on the parking icons with the costs
Friday, 14 May 2010
Bing Navigation Map app for Windows phones.
Redesigned even the home page. Navigation refreshed to give people faster access to common searches such as Locations, Traffic.
Turn-by-turn navigation for Windows 6.x phones, powered by Bing Maps. Microsoft Tellme team’s built hte voice applications to deliver an amazingly lifelike voice experience for the turn-by-turn navigation. If you have a Windows phones on Sprint, T-Mobile, or AT&T you can use the voice guided navigation. USA Only.
Now when getting directions with Bing, you’ll see a new “Navigate” button. By selecting it, Bing will calculate your route, and guide you as you drive. You can select the fastest or shortest route, choose to avoid traffic and/or tolls, get a map or a list of directions, and see arrows and hear alerts to know which way to turn next.The navigation feature is compatible with the phones below. If you have one of these and are in the U.S., check your phone for the update or go to m.bing.com
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Global Action Atlas by National Geographic
Global Action Atlas by National Geographic. The application allows users to peer into areas where our planet needs help. National Geographic and Bing Maps invite you to support efforts across the globe to help people in need, protect plants and animals, usands of others who are donating, volunteering, and sharing knowledge on behalf of community-based projects working to solve global challenges.
Monday, 26 April 2010
Hannes' Virtual Earth Blog has a good tutorial explaining how you can create a Bing Maps mashup with Photosynth and floorplans of buildings.
The tutorial explains how you can create your own map tiles from a floorplan and integrate your floorplan with Bing Maps. To add a little fun interactivity the tutorial also explains how you can embed Photosynth images into your floorplan map.
Demo one - Microsoft Campus
Demo two - Art Gallery of New South Wales
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Light Up the Web with Bing Maps
"Create a leading edge web experience that lets visitors dive in and explore for themselves. See how you can light up your web site with Bing Maps. Explore the integrated imagery and seamless navigation of the Silverlight Map Control, the up-close and personal views from Streetside™, the customizable experience. See how customers are using Bing Maps today to engage customers on the Web"
Bing Maps in Your Business Intelligence Dashboard
"Help empower decision makers across your organisation with rich views of the data they need. Join us to see how Bing Maps can provide a spatial context to your business data. Learn how to build solutions with Bing Maps—and other Microsoft products such as SQL Server, Azure and SharePoint—to display your business intelligence data in a way that is meaningful and understandable. And help drive smarter decisions. "
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Newseum is using Bing Maps to provide an interface to view the front pages of daily newspapers from around the world.
This is a great application to find newspapers in any location around the world, with the added bonus that you can actually view today's front page from each of the newspapers.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
•Capture an environment quickly at varying resolutions with most any digital HD video camera
•Reconstruct 3D geospatial environments fully automatically
•Combine views from a wide time span (4D)
•Standalone capability for offline usage w/o Internet connectivity
•KML map products and point clouds exported for OGC tool access
•Launch Bing Maps 3D viewer readily from any photo perspective
GeoSynth, a standalone application, is comprised of a Viewer and “GeoSynther” which provides
the same incredible capabilities as Photosynth to users who require offline storage and distribution of Synths.
Geotagging Digital Photographs for GeoSynth, postioned in 3D (heading,pitch,roll) locations
Those unfamiliar with Photosynth can visit Photosynth.com, Microsoft’s revolutionary web platform that enables Windows Live users to freely synthesize and view 2d and 3d environments from photo collections.
GeoSynth customers can take a customized version with this same technology offline for standalone usage in the field or on secure intranets.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Music blog Pitchfork has used the Bing Maps Twitter app to provide a real-time map of comments from Coachella 2010, the indie music festival.
To create your own Twitter Map go to the Twitter Maps application in the Bing Maps Application Gallery.
You can create a Twitter map for any location and you can even filter Tweets. For example, Pitchfork filtered their map to just show Tweets mentioning 'Coachella'.