UpNext is a 3D cityguide that offers user ratings and reviews. A kind of cross between Yelp and Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D, the site only covers Manhattan currently but with expansions plans.
I don’t have a ton to say about the user experience because I’ve not been able to get into the site; it has not worked for me. However, it belongs to a “next-generation” cluster of local search sites that include EveryScape, which are seeking to build more “immersive” experiences for users.
I’m told by co-founder Danny Moon that they’re working the bugs out. But here’s a video of UpNext and how it works.
I’m a big fan of these sites and think that they’ll be widely used in the future as consumers hunger for richer experiences and/or the Internet moves into the living room and onto the TV. However, they must work easily and quickly, which is one of the things that has held back Virtual Earth 3D from gaining broader adoption so far.