3d Panoramas using Google Earth
The <a href="http://digitalurban.blogspot.com" target="_blank">Digitally Distributed Environments blog</a> posted an interesting article about creating 3d Panoramas using Google Earth. I'm sure you have seen 3d panoramas before, either of the insides of buildings, or of open areas / views. This technique however produces the same effect using Google Earth's satellite imagery.(click the image below to see the 3d Panorama using QuickTime VR)<p align="center"><a href="http://www.casa.ucl.ac.uk/andy/qt/GoogleEarth.html" target="_blank"><img title="Google Earth 3d Panorama" alt="Google Earth 3d Panorama" src="http://earthware-website.azurewebsites.net/Content/images/wp-images/postimages/gepanorama2.jpg" align="middle" /></a></p> The panoramas are created by taking a series of screen shots from within Google Earth with the view rotated around a fixed point above the map and then adding a fake sky texture. This technique could easily be used to show 3d buildings in the view as well.