View Full Version : Developer of LineDrive Receives MacArthur "Genius Grant"

Eric Frost
09-25-2009, 08:36 AM
Two Indian Americans Win MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants (http://www.indiawest.com/readmore.aspx?id=1477&sid=1)

"One example of [Maneesh Agrawala's] work can be seen on Microsoft’s MapPoint Web site, which uses LineDrive technology to display a map with a sequence of turning points, rather than one with extraneous details, drawn to a fixed scale. LineDrive looks more like a hand-drawn map, which is easier to use, said Agrawala, adding that the sequence of turning points is an online map’s most important function."

I think Microsoft aquired LineDrive from MapBlast! - or at least that's what I remember Dylan Vance telling me. Then it looks like Maneesh Agrawala moved over to Microsoft Research for four years.

Speaking of MapBlast, the mapblast.com domain now redirects to
as does
and probably a dozen or more other domains.

I think it would be interesting to see the stats on which domains are getting the most traffic over to Bing Maps!