GE Tweets: 3D Cities, 53 Stations, New Earth API Docs

Trying a new technique of rounding up links of GE stories. Using Twitter, @Geartblog will take note of GE-related stories and tweet (or RT) them. Occasionally I’ll round up the best and possibly add a few notes and more related links on the blog. This way I can elaborate more than 140 characters on what is interesting about the tweets. Recent Tweets from Gearthblog:

  • 3D Cities – DigitalEarthBlog has posted a story about the University of Washington’s research into using photogrammetry techniques to build 3D cities from user-contributed photos. They used Flickr as a basis. I’m betting Google has at least been experimenting with this technique using their own Panoramio. But, I think another cool by-product will be 3D Geotagged photos. Google is already kind of doing this with the Panoramio Lookaround (recently added to Street View too). I want to see auto-generated PhotoOverlays of Panoramio come out of this.

  • 53 Stations – A very thoroughly researched KML collection posted at the Google Earth Community about the 53 Stations of Tōkaidō (East Sea Road) in Japan has resulted in a TV documentary in Belgium. See sample at YouTube.

  • New Earth API Docs – Googler Mano Marks tweeted that they have re-vamped the developer documentation for the Google Earth API.

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.


  1. There’s an English version of that promo or those of us that need it

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