I have not seen any information here about Google's purchase of Keyhole corporation and the fantastic technology that is available to anyone with a good graphics card and a broadband connection. The announcment here is about two months old but paints the picture quite nicely.
quote:Google Acquires Keyhole Corp
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - October 27, 2004 - Google Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG) today announced it acquired Keyhole Corp., a Mountain View, Calif.-based digital mapping company.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"With Keyhole, you can fly like a superhero from your computer at home to a street corner somewhere else in the world - or find a local hospital, map a road trip or measure the distance between two points," said Jonathan Rosenberg, vice president, Product Management. "This acquisition gives Google users a powerful new search tool, enabling users to view 3D images of any place on earth as well as tap a rich database of roads, businesses and many other points of interest. Keyhole is a valuable addition to Google's efforts to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."
With an Internet connection, users enter an address or other location information and Keyhole's software accesses the database and takes them to a digital image of that location on their computer screen. The interactive software then gives users many options, including the ability to zoom in from space-level to street-level, tilt and rotate the view or search for other information such as hotels, parks, ATMs or subways. Unlike traditional mapping technologies, Keyhole creates a dynamic 3D interface for geographic information.
The sensation of flight to any place on earth but make sure your computer is fast. If after installing the software you can't get it to run make sure you set your graphics rendering to Directx(not OpenGl) via your start menu on your desktop, and if you still have problems, delete the msvcrt.dll file from the newly created Keyhole folder and try the software again. It should work fine. Sorry, code has yet to be written for Linux.