Now, with the latest version of Google Earth, the Google empire contains a 3-D model of my home. With a quick update, a relatively new computer, and a speedy Internet connection, users can view 1,400 buildings in downtown Vancouver.
The 3-D downtown core is part of Google’s Cities in 3D Program. With the upcoming 2010 Olympics, Google touts the addition as a good way to promote and expose the city to its users around the world.
Google Earth recently added a few hundred 3D models of buildings in Vancouver, and I got a chance to play around this afternoon. I thought I’d try and recreate a few photos I’ve taken to compare.
This is going to look laughably primitive in a few years when we have high-res textures and real time weather/lighting (well, it does already thanks to the wonky texture mapping) but being able to zoom through my city in 3D is pretty darn neat.