Monday, 26 April 2010

Create a Floor Plan with Bing Maps

Adding Photosynth and Floor Plans to Bing Maps

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

Bing Maps Webcasts - April 2010

2 Bing Maps Webcasts

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"

Light Up the Web with Bing Maps 47mins

Bing Maps in Your Business Intelligence Dashboard

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

The World's Newspapers Mapped

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

GeoSynth - using Bing Maps

GeoSynth™, a derivative product of Microsoft® Photosynth™ enables fully automated reconstruction of 3D scenes from digital photos or video and an intuitive means to visualize the images within a 3D geospatial context known as a Synth. GeoSynth is intended for users who need an analytical capability without internet connectivity.
Bing Maps Geosynth Overview
Take your own Digita Camera Pictures and transform them into 3D Streetside Scenes

•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.

Bing Maps Geosynth Geogtagging Photographs
Geotagging Digital Photographs for GeoSynth, postioned in 3D (heading,pitch,roll) locations

Those unfamiliar with Photosynth can visit, 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

Coachella Live Twitter Bing Map

Coachella 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'.


Sunday, 18 April 2010

Volcanic Ash Cloud on Bing Maps

Volcanic Ashes Map

Johannes Kebeck has created a Bing Map to display two satellite images of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud. Johannes has taken two images from NASA’s MODIS Rapid Response System and created a Bing Maps Silverlight application.

The map lets you view the two satellite images of the volcanic ash cloud, taken on the 15th April, using Bing Maps navigational controls.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Explore Doctor Who in Wales Bing Map

Explore Doctor Who in Wales using Bing Maps

The Doctor Who in Wales guide. An interactive map to explore some of the key locations that featured in the Doctor Who programmes, from the 1960s to the present day.
Explore Doctor Who in Wales using Bing Maps
See information on Welsh places via Bing Maps and how they were used in the episodes, quotations from the cast and crew, and behind-the-scenes videos and photos to show how the team transformed parts of Wales for the show.

Click on a TARDIS icon to watch find out more information about a place, watch a video clip or view a photo.

Zoom in and out to get a closer view of the map and location. If you get lost, press the Reset Map button to start your journey again.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Bing Maps Apps Innovations

A walkthrough of Bing Maps' innovative application technologies including the WorldWide Telescope, Streetside Photos, Local Lens, Twitter Maps and Destination Maps.

Bing Newsroom: Video Gallery

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Bing Maps Live Boat Tracking

Pelican Racing - Live Tracking

Pelican Racing have a truly impressive Bing Maps application that allows you to view live tracks of sailing fleets off the coast of the UK. Using the map it is possible to view any of the boats' course and speed, view current weather conditions, and watch the crew perform.

At the bottom of the map you can see which boats are currently being tracked. If none of the boats are in the water you can instead playback their last outing. If you select to playback a previous cruise you can view the track of the boat and view a synchronised video of the boat in action.

The video is synchronised with the boat's track on the map and a graph allows you to view the boat's speed at every point on its journey, along with the date and time.

Friday, 9 April 2010

UK Bing Maps User Group

Bing Maps UK Based User Group - A place to talk about Bing Maps

Bing Maps UK User Group

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Tom Clancy Splinter Cell Game

Bing Maps Splinter Cell Quest

Coca-Cola Zero have released a Bing Maps game based on Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell. The object of the game is to find characters on the map, who will give you clues as to how you will solve the quest.

Unfortunately (for me) the game is in French. So I can't really tell you much more than that. I'm afraid my language skills severely let me down in this game. It looks fun though.

April 2010: Bing Maps Webcasts

Up and coming: Bing Maps Webcasts
[20th, 21st & 22nd April 2010 all at 9:00am PST]

Bing Maps Webcasts April 2010
Bing Maps Technical Evangelist, Chris Pendleton is in a series of three webcasts as you explore the ways you can use Bing Maps

Whether it’s Web sites to inform and engage your users, to business intelligence dashboards which enable smarter decisions, or asset tracking tools that manage fleets and other mobile assets -Bing Maps webcasts will help you understand the power to geo-visualisation.

More details and register

Monday, 5 April 2010

Bing Maps on the BBC

BBC - Save Our Sounds Map

Here's an oldie from the BBC. Last year the BBC created this Bing Map to help preserve endangered sounds for future generations. The map lets anyone submit a recorded sound to the map and users of the map can play the submitted sounds directly from the map.

There is a lot of fun to be had from this map just from listening to the interesting soundscapes around the world.

The BBC is a great user of Bing Maps. If you want to see some of the other Bing Maps created by the BBC the Bing Maps Blog has compiled a list of some of their favourites from the venerable broadcaster.