Maybe it's my background as orienteer that makes it difficult for me to look the other way when I see a map, but this new augmented reality mapping is just amazing. Imagine what I will for the transparency of the real estate industry.
The video is from a TED presentation where Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos new technology from Microsoft.
(If you're in a hurry fast forward to 3m20sec.)
The technology used in the demo is from Seadragon and the visualization technology Photosynth that gives amazingly smooth digital rendering and zoom capabilities. Blaise Aguera y Arcas' is the architect of Seadragon, and the co-creator of Photosynth, and today an architect at Microsoft Live Labs (Microsoft acquired by Seadrgon in 2006). See the original Seadragon & Photosynth TED presentation from 2007.
This is how you will use a map to find out more about commercial properties in 5 years. Period.