Virtual Earth

Montreal in Virtual Earth – Movie

By 17 August 2007 3 Comments


Microsoft’s Virtual Earth it could be argued is reaching a tipping point whereby it becomes for the browser of choice for 3D city models.

Yesterday we looked at Toulouse in France, part of the recent layer update released this week. Today we look at Montreal in Canada – another city of their planned 500 over the next 12 months to get the Microsoft Photogrammetric treatment.

The movie below provides a flavour of the model:


Music by The Tartan Rascals

With Microsoft releasing such detailed and large scale models it’ll be interesting to see Google’s responce. We are assuming it’ll be along the lines of new tools for the community to build the city from the bottom up..

Andy

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

3 Comments

  • satellitegml says:

    is it possible to capture the 3d content from virtual earth via a opengl xtractor app or even adobe acrobat 3d capture feature? Is virtual earth using opengl to display the geometry?

  • Stefano says:

    welll.considering that they made OpenGL work just via emulation in Windows Vista…I guess the models are not rendered through OpenGL…but DirectX or something similar..

  • Anonymous says:

    I don’t like when MS does something better than the other guys. 🙁

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