Google Earth has been updated with two new layers this morning. They come courtesy of the The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and are pretty neat. The first is America's Favorite Architecture, a listing of 150 monuments and buildings picked by the public as the most notable. The second is Blueprint for America, a project that aims to make over city skylines and everyday structures like bus stops. You can see some of the proposed projects (in 3D) as well as brief descriptions that will be updated as projects progress.
More information on famous American structures is now available to view on Google Earth.
In January, Google Earth 4 made it possible to build and share rich 3D content. The change resulted in 3D renderings of famous architectural sites and terrain, seen when the proper layers in Google Earth are turned on.
As part of the 150th anniversary of the American Institute of Architects, the organization has added photos and information on the architects behind several famous American structures.
The "America's Favorite Architecture" layer features the top 12 winners of a poll taken by Harris Interactive on … Read more
Sunday was Earth Day, and like many tech companies, Google did its part to celebrate the environment and eco-awareness. The company came up with a special version of its logo for the day, something it often does for holidays and other special events.
While previous versions of the Earth Day logo have featured the cute critters and planetary visions, this year's image took a slightly different form: the Google logo as a melting iceberg.
The move definitely caught bloggers' eyes, and there was debate on whether the company was trying to make a political statement on the topic of … Read more
The theme today is Earth Day, so we'll be talking to a recycling expert, showing you hybrid car videos, and talking about being technologically green. Plus, we'll be taking your calls on anything and everything tech!
Don't miss your chance to call in to ask Brian or Tom a question about all things tech--or just sit back and watch them answer other people's questions. Maybe the other people have the same issues you do--or, maybe they have an issue you didn't … Read more
Over on our sister blog Crave, we post about the occasional stargazing gadget for amateur astronomers. But if you aren't willing to shell out the cash for a pricey telescope, night sky projector, or home planetarium, never fear--that's where the wonderful world of free webware comes in. Wikisky was described by the Wired Science blog as "Google Earth for space," which is essentially an apt description. You can use Wikisky (which isn't actually a wiki, for the record) to view and navigate the entire night sky either as a graphical representation, or in legit photographs … Read more
Tired of opening letters and bills? There's a new service, Earth Class Mail, that will receive your postal mail for you, send you scans of the unopened letters and parcels, and then let you figure out what to do with your mail. Its options include physically forwarding the mail to you, recycling or shredding the mail, or opening it and scanning the … Read more
Ski slope maps in 2D are often beautifully illustrated works of art that are one part navigation and three parts marketing. The next logical step was to take those same maps and make them 3D, which is what Ski.com has done with its new map explorer. You can choose from more than 20 3D maps of popular ski destinations all over the world.
Each map gives you a simple mouse-drag interface that allows you to zoom around the slopes. When you get up close, you can even see details that jump out, such as red elevated lines that represent … Read more
Google Earth 4, released January 8, continues to improve the landscape of Google Earth's digital globe with 3D representations of famous buildings from the Eiffel Tower to Fenway Park. Along with the free application Google SketchUp 6, the latest model of Google Earth helps star modelers create the thriving, textured 3D metropolises you see with the 3D building layer turned on. If you've got a yen for accurate modeling, some of those contributions could come from you.
Contributors to Google's digital landscape start their modeling magic in Google SketchUp. An intuitive toolset and a new feature lets … Read more
-- Find toxic wastelands via Google Earth. The EPA released a master list of landfills and other offenders to the public today in hopes of getting some recognition on mapping services such as Google Earth and Windows Live Local. Here's hoping for a Toxic button next to the beloved satellite view on Google maps. (CNET News)
Google has released new rich 3D imagery for Google Earth 4, its interactive mapping application, which is officially out of beta.
In place of the usual map lines, satellite imagery and raised boxes, are rich textured 3D models of famous places.
Those that are complete are easy to spot, especially with Google Earth's new navigation compass that makes directional rotations and angle views easier to manipulate. Even a monolith such as the Met Life building in New York City has enough details to make it identifiable even without its famous label.
Facades of glass, bricks and stone abound, but … Read more