Google The Planet

The popular search engine adds a new feature -- a 3D digital model of the entire earth.
November 19, 2004, 8am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"[Google's Keyhole] animates almost unthinkably huge multiterabyte databases of satellite imagery, photos made by low flying aircraft and other sources such as the U.S. Geological Survey...

Depending upon how well-known a place is, the images scale down to show objects maybe 6 feet wide. I could, for example see a few cabana umbrellas when I zoomed in on Chicago's Oak Street Beach.

The magic began when I activated a tilt slider. The scene began to rotate so I was hovering alongside the street in 3-D clarity..."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

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Published on Monday, November 8, 2004 in The Charlotte Observer
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