Google Earth is an integration of Google Maps with 3D (an enhanced version of Keyhole’s 3D satellite imagery product). It uses the OpenGL API and hardware acceleration to let you fly around a 3D globe to many locations on the planet using overhead satellite photos, tilted 45-degree photos, 3D rendered buildings, and overlays that display local area search, map directions, terrain, and everything from roads to hotels to bike routes. A $20/year subscription offer higher res and GPS support. It requires an OpenGL API hardware accelerator. Currently available only for Windows. But Mac and Linux (and possibly handhelds through OpenGL ES) on the way.
Jun 30, 2005 | Category: Applications •