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CNET News Video: Microsoft reveals 3D mapping, Bing voice controls

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CNET News Video: Microsoft reveals 3D mapping, Bing voice controls

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Microsoft shows off new 3D-mapping capabilities and voice command integration for Bing at its Build conference in San Francisco. Bing VP Gurdeep Singh Pall demonstrated the features by asking voice search "who is the architect," while looking at a museum on a map demo. The answer quickly popped up.

-We're gonna be one step further because we're gonna take this 3D imagery, all the content view of 3D-ing and enable it through a 3D control that you can embed inside your applications. I guess that's what I'm showing you here today. Okay? So, let me play with this a little. Let's see if there's some hotels here. Maybe I can-- maybe kinda go along the hotels. Maybe I can go explore a little bit before I go visit. Now this takes the idea of going and visiting a city to a whole new level and you can see how beautiful this imagery is. This is built using cameras that we have built ourselves with some amazing optics. This is very, very high resolution imagery. You can see all the details and these details actually, you know, become really interesting when you really think about interacting with the real world. And here's a beautiful building here [unk]. Oh, beautiful. There are some basketball courts. So, you can see how, you know, this beautiful imagery can actually provide a canvass for a whole lot of interesting things. So, let's see what else something interesting things that we can do. Now, you know one of the things about the real world and especially when you can look at the real world in this amazing way, is that it really starts banging the question that, you know, I've got lots of questions. I'm gonna visit Valencia, I'm gonna visit some really beautiful architecture, some churches there. And the question that pops to your head, hey, who design this thing? -Now, normally, a user would have to change from this application, go to a browser, type in Valencia, type in whatever little context they can put in, but reality is, the user is looking at your app in particular object. You know, wouldn't it be nice if they could just say, who is the architect? Folks, what you see here is that we've taken a whole lot of steps. We've taken a whole lot of steps away from user and we've allowed you to create an unbounded amount of knowledge right into your applications because I could have asked different question which would have again gone to the Bing platform and [unk] done with an entity which best relates to what you're looking at. So, let's keep going. So, I've decided that Valencia is indeed a very nice place. So, I'm going to visit it. So, I'm gonna go ahead and add Valencia to my itineraries. Now, while I was starting at the water cooler, this friend of mine said that they have some of the best food when they were in Valencia. I said, "Wow, that's great." And what did he do? He reaches into his wallet and he gives me a card. Now, this is a little analog artifact that he brought from Valencia. Now, if I go put this into my-- if I go and put this into my wallet, I'll probably lose it a week later and I definitely will not find it that I'm in Valencia. So, let's see if we can do something better. Let me use some of the eyes functionality in the Bing platform and scan this card which I can then use later. So, I go ahead and scan it. So, using the OCR capability, that is available through the Bing controls. You can now scan the information, which is wonderful except that I don't speak Spanish. So, let me see if I can do something a little bit more interesting. Great. So, now, using the OCR capability of Bing platform and the translator capability of combining those two things. And now, let me go ahead and save this later so that when I'm in Valencia I won't forget it. Add this idea for dinner to my itinerary. Great. So, now, this information which existed in an analog artifact is now saved with itinerary available for me when I'm in Valencia.

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