Amazon's A9 Search: "Virtual Walk" Feature (COOL!!)

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by dotnina, Jan 27, 2005.

  1. dotnina macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, this is seriously cool!!!

    Okay, this is majorly cool. Not only do they have a picture of the storefront, they have a bunch of ordered pictures of the whole entire street, as if you are literally walking on foot. I'm totally in awe at this.

    Example of how it works: http://a9.com/optical?a=oyp
     
  2. Lloyd1994 macrumors member

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    Hey, that's only a few blocks from where I work. Wierd to see everyday sights on a website, or maybe its just me. Some co-workers and I were playing with a9.com earlier today and it is, indeed, awesome. However, the controls limit you to "walking" left and right down a street and the desire to "walk" forward and back grows with every click. They must have JUST taken the pictures because I recognize some vacant offices that weren't vacant a few months ago. I looked for a date on a bank sign or a list of movies at a theater, but couldn't find any. Its fun to look at some of the people on the street, too ;)
     
  3. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    I expected A9 to be good from the start, I'm glad they are proving me right!
     
  4. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    Da**it!
    Six or seven years ago, I had this idea (well, a similar one) where I would take full-motion video and stitch it together using Flash, but I could never get the time or the capital for the venture...looks like the future is passing me by...

    Really cool stuff, however, despite my personal sadness.

    BTW, lloyd1994, evidently we're neighbors. I call Portland home also, in fact I get coffee at one of the stores pictured...greetings to you.
     
  5. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    Thats really cool, especially since one of the options is to do a virtual walk across 75/85 at Georgia Tech! In reality it's not that fun of a walk (mainly the smog and the fact that you're walking over a busy intersection) but its cool to see it virtually and to say that I have actually been there
     
  6. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    Sorry to tell you, but it's displaying your home city... The URL wasn't set to any location in particular
     
  7. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I thought that, but Oregon isn't that populated of a state. I was taking an educated guess. Guess I did sound overly assumptive.
     
  8. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    cool.

    OK. here is the new game:
    Who's the first one to find him/herself or someone they know on the pictures?
     
  9. wdlove macrumors P6

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    That is really cool dotnina. I hope that it will become a success. Probably Google will follow along at some point. This will be very helpful to me, I'm one of those that travel by visual images rather than road street sign. :cool:
     

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