More on Disney Paris, Street View Cave, Data.Gov, Space Imagery Enhancement

  • More on 3D Disneyland ParisGEB reported on the new 3D Disneyland Paris on Sunday (two days before the announcement). Here’s some other news: Google’s announcement reveals that the collection includes incredible detail – every “…bench, light post, tree, bush, planter box, street sign, fence, street curb, fountain, rock, bridge, table & chair are included.” The rides are also very accurate (except for the parts that go inside the buildings – unfortunately. Here are a collection of excellent HD movies at YouTube showing details of some of the rides and parks. Note that the author of these movies is Concept3D, who are a professional 3D modeling shop and probably had a lot to do with the Disney modeling projects.

  • Street View Cave – While I was visiting the Googleplex last week, I was shown a very cool “cave” (a room surrounded by computer screens) giving an immersive experience of Street View. What is especially cool about this Street View cave is that the imagery is at full resolution (much sharper than what you see online) AND the cave when put in motion is more like a video with many frames per second instead of the few frames shown online. I was so much in awe, I forgot to pull out my camera and take pictures/video. I could have spent all day playing with it. Thankfully, creator Jeffrey Martin actually took a panorama of the Street View cave.

  • Data.Gov – While at Where 2.0 last week, Googler Ed Parsons brought to my attention that the new Data.Gov site has released an amazing archive of US Government data in KMZ/KML (Google Earth) formats.

  • Space Imagery Enhancement – FreeGeographyTools blog talks about a cool app someone uploaded to the GEC which lets you grab satellite imagery from Google Earth and perform image enhancements on it. I’ve done similar things by grabbing screenshots and processing them with image tools like Picasa (see imagery comparisons of London Eye) to try and improve shots shown in GE.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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