Imagine you’re out and about exploring a new city – you orient yourself and then discover what you can do and where you want to go as well as how to get there. Well very soon Bing Maps will be able to help you do that.

Launched at the TED Conference, ‘Spatial Search’ integrates photos and even live video to bring a street view to life. Using high resolution imagery from outer space to the front of a restaurant you want to visit, the Streetside Photos application uses geo-tagged photos from Flickr and links them to the streetside imagery to bring a whole new context – like seeing what that restaurant looked like 40 years ago and whether it looks more inviting at night than during the day.

The demo below, presented by Blaise Aguera y Arcas (who co created Photosynth), blew me away.

Some of the technology is in research stage, some can be used today, and some will be available shortly. If you want more details the full story is on the Bing community blog.