Google your Earth

29 Jun 2005 - 3:22am
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Abhishek Thakkar

worth checking out :)

Google has launched its much anticipated Google Earth (GE) makeover of
Keyhole. Dubbed "a 3D interface to the planet," it's basically an
upgraded version of of the Keyhole software, integrated with Google
Local and personalization.

There are three versions of GE: a free version and two upgrades that
cost money and offer better resolution and more features.

GE appears to have an impressive range of features (including easy
personalization and viral elements):

* 3D buildings in major cities across the United States
* 3D terrain showing mountains, valleys, and canyons around the world
* Integrated Google Local search to find local information such as
hotels, restaurants, schools, parks, and transportation
* Fast, dynamic navigation
* Video playback of driving directions
* Tilt, rotate, and activate 3D terrain and buildings for a different
perspective on a location
* Easy creation and sharing of annotations among users

Google Earth utilizes broadband streaming technology and 3D graphics,
much like a videogame, enabling users to interactively explore the
world-- either their own neighborhood or the far corners of the
globe," said John Hanke, general manager, Keyhole, Google Inc. "With
many ways to access geographic information, Google provides a very
rich local search experience for users worldwide.

in one word.... nice :)
Abhishek Thakkar
The Last of the Giants

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