StreetView Now Offers ‘AR’ on the PC Browser

I just wrote about augmented reality in the new Yelp iPhone app (or update rather) and augmented reality in general. I was about to write about Google putting business info windows onto StreetView and it occurred to me that this is the same kind of thing — a kind of “augmented reality” for the PC browser — except you’re not getting information about businesses immediately in front of you on the street.

However it mimics the AR experience in a certain way:

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The next step for this, which would truly align it with AR, is to pop up or enable the info windows as I “walk down” or move around Street View:

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I should be able (hopefully soon) to walk down this street in the Marais district of Paris and click on a storefront or hotel and get the window (avec deals?). You can’t currently do that. But the new functionality certainly points in this direction.

One Response to “StreetView Now Offers ‘AR’ on the PC Browser”

  1. Google “Augmenting” Street View With Local Biz Information Says:

    […] playing with “augmented reality” — I’m using the term here loosely — in the PC version of Street View several months ago, but now appears to be rolling it out more […]

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