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Tuesday, June 28th, 2005, 2:29 pm

Google Earth

Google Earth
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Google Earth is a project which strongly impresses me. I got hold of a Windows machine where Google Earth had been installed and grabbed a few screenshots of streets around Manchester, UK.

Given the satellite data, this technology is not overly innovative. All that is required are mappings of existing satellite images onto a sphere, then relying on OpenGL acceleration. The real issues to be faced are bandwidth and Google’s progress on 3-D geographical data acquisition.

What screenshots cannot show is the excellent real-time interaction with the scene. Roads, street names and other details can be toggled on/off. There is also some highly continuous motion when hovering from one place to another. To get a better impression, you may wish to view this gallery with more sample images.

4 Responses to “Google Earth”

  1. lyndsey Says:

    i realy enjoyed your site and was wondering if it is possible to c my home from space through this site and if so how thanks

  2. Roy Schestowitz Says:

    lyndsey, Try going to http://maps.google.com/, inputting your rough address in the search bar the top. Once you have got the map centred around your home, hit “Satellite” or “Hybrid” at the top-right corner.

  3. mohammad jalal Says:

    jordan amman copany

  4. abobkr Says:

    no comment

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