Augmented Reality with Google Earth

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have been experimenting with using 3D Google Earth imagery to add live video to the scenery. Adding real events to computer generated scenes by merging video and other forms of visual media is a type of technology known as augmented reality. The researches are in the process of presenting a paper on their new work, but have released a video on YouTube showing some of the results. Adding moving traffic, football teams at play, and people walking in the Google Earth scenery is a pretty amazing thing to watch. In the video, they show how they take multiple views to generate moving 3D renderings which are merged with Google Earth 3D scenes. Check it out here:


This is still the results of academic research, but it demonstrates some possible future visualizations we are likely to see as Google Earth (and related technologies) progress.
via Anything GeoSpatial

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Comments

  1. That’s pretty awesome! Love the interpolation techniques used for the cars…

  2. its augmented virtuality not reality ;]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_virtuality

  3. btw vid from a year ago http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J7qE6frzz8 ;]

  4. Good work from every angle but a key to get me really excited about anything is to put some science in it and they had it :) – I liked the scientific simulation of moving cars at the “unobserved area” for creating a complete simulation as this is what makes the technology usable, allowing developers to take only a few “key frames” and clever algorithms fill the gaps :).

  5. Interesting to see on the G-Earth platform, but this technology is hardly new. It’s been commercially available for years. One maker of software that performs this task admirably is Skyline.

  6. Actually, Skyline is similar to AVE system that maps a single video directly onto the GE, and is different from the approaches above.

  7. I don’t really care for the identity gentrifying animations. I really would like to see more video overlays though. Seems like AVE type systems should be more widely available. This is, at least a good step towards familiarizing the public with videomaps.
    Question: Where is a list of videomaps I can open in GE, RIGHT NOW?

  8. nice algorithm, although it isn’t augmented reality.

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