Blaise Aguera y Arcas is an architect at Microsoft Live Labs, and is a repeat TED Speaker. In 2007, Blaise demonstrated a research project Microsoft was working on called Photosynth. The software demo showed fascinating new ways of presenting graphic information in 3D and infinitely-“deep” 2D spaces.
He spoke again recently at TED2010, about augmented-reality maps. Reality augmentation is the idea that technologies could come and “enhance” our senses, by adding pertinent information about things around us. Using the pioneering work of Photosynth, he demos a Bing Maps application which juxtaposes information and images of all kinds into a 3D map. Truly jaw-dropping!