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In-Proximity City Street Virtual Tour Leveraging Known Application Protocol Interfaces (API)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000222326D
Publication Date: 2012-Sep-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a virtual tour application that allows a user to select any number of points in which they are interested and programmatically include a moving street view between points. The application leverages available Application Protocol Interfaces (APIs).

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In-Proximity City Street Virtual Tour Leveraging Known Application Protocol Interfaces (API)

With a virtual tour application, a user might want to tour a street between two points on that street, as well as explore the streets in proximity to an address in an automated way.

Google* maps allows a user to manually review the street view via a drag and drop motion. There are web applications that allow the user to plot what they want to see.

This invention allows a user to select any number of points in which they are interested and programmatically provides a moving street view between points to simulate a tour. The approach uses the step length as units specified by the user, or uses a default value to achieve an automated tour of the streets between the points plotted by the user. The invention also leverages the Google Map Application Protocol Interface (API) along with math formulae to calculate address of street intersections closer to a given point.

The invention works as follows:


1. The invention is implemented as a web application


2. User accesses the web application through their browser

3. After entering the address of a desired location, the user selects a few points of interest in the surrounding area

4. The application either allows the user to define the visiting sequence or internally calculates it based on the distance and optimal route

5. The application allows the user to enter the distance to stop (step length) and view the street while walking...