London Is Now Viewable in 3D on Google Maps

The city of London is amazing, enormous and has lots of history, now it seems Google have taken all the pictures they need to accurately make a 3D map of it for Google Maps and Google Earth. People now using Maps or Earth can literally fly over the city skyline and see what it would be like to view to city from above, of course not everything is perfect, there are a few blurry rooftops here and there but give Google some credit, trying to seamlessly connect all the pictures together would take an age, so they have done a very good job with London.

Using the 3D feature is a piece of cake. Open up Google Earth, type London into the search bar. At this point, you can use the Rotate and Tilt buttons at your right to change your perspective and from that point it’s just a matter of zooming in. 

This isn’t the only city Google has made 3D, Chicago and Los Angeles have also been done, feel free to check them out!

Thanks to HotHardware for providing us with this information.

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Google Earth Reportedly Infringes ACI’s Terravision, ‘Terrafight’ in Progress?

Alleged patent infringements look like consist of a daily business around the world nowadays. This is the case with a company named ART+COM, or ACI for short, which has recently fled an infringement suit against Google.

The suit reported consists of Google infringing a patent which ACI holds (#RE44,550), having the following title: “Method and Device for Pictorial Representation of Space-related Data”. In the suite, ACI describes how Google Earth looks strikingly similar to their software named Terravision, developed over a decade ago before Google Earth moved into the market.

“Terravision was developed using Onyx computers of Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) which were the most powerful available at the time for processing and displaying graphical data,” ACI’s Detlef Andreovits stated. “In the course of developing Terravision, our inventors worked directly with Michael T. Jones when he was at SGI, where he was our designated contact person. We understand SGI subsequently used Terravision as a demonstration of the capabilities of their Onyx computers.” he added.

Judging by the images, it does have similar elements present in their interface and graphical interpretation of planet Earth (even though it’s the same planet?), however ACI also says that it has issue with some Google executives, in particular with Michael Jones, CTO of Google Earth, and Brian McClendon, VP of Engineering for Google Maps.

ACI state that the latter mentioned Google executives worked for companies which had access to data on the Terravision system in the past. The company added that Google’s infringement is deliberate and could be greatly impacted in court.

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