Google to Announce Partnership with Multiverse

CNET has published an article about an announcement due out later today between Google and Multiverse Network to create virtual worlds using Google Earth technology. Specifically, people will be able to take models from the Google 3D Warehouse and get 3D terrain from Google Earth to create virtual worlds of real and/or imagined places. There have been rumors that Google is working on a 3D virtual world like Second Life for some time. But, according to the article, this is not necessarily the basis of those rumors. What this does do is encourage even more development of the rapidly growing collection of 3D models at the 3D Warehouse, and provides yet another way for Google Earth’s content to be useful for other applications. OgleEarth also has some thoughts about the article. I’ll write more on this when the formal announcement is made.
UPDATE: Also see Avi Bar-Zeev’s comments about the Multiverse announcement at his Reality Prime blog. Avi was one of the guys who helped build the original software that became Google Earth.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



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