New 3D and Birds Eye data in Virtual Earth

Not quite as big as their last few updates, but this one still has quite a bit.

The list includes:

New/Updated Birds Eye Cities in the US

  • Etowah Co, AL
  • Mobile Co, AL
  • Monterey Co, CA
  • Boulder Co
  • Broomfield Co
  • WashingtonDC.
  • Cobb Co, GA
  • De Kalb Co, GA
  • Muscogee Co, GA
  • Macon Co, IL
  • Will Co, IL
  • Rowan Co, KY
  • Fayette Co, KY
  • Anne Arundel Co, MD
  • Grand Rapids Metro, MI
  • Detroit Metro North, MI
  • Cottonwood Co, MN
  • Buncombe Co, NC
  • Greenville Metro, NC
  • Wilson Co, NC
  • Lancaster Co, NE
  • Strafford Co, NH
  • San Juan Co, NM
  • Binghamton Metro, NY
  • Butler Co, PA
  • Westmoreland Co, PA
  • Greenwood Co, SC
  • Williamson Co, TX
  • Fisher Co, TX
  • Salt Lake City Metro, UT
  • Hampton Metro, VA
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Arlington Co, VA
  • Spokane, WA

Full details can be found on the Virtual Earth / Live Maps blog.

More details revealed about Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope

Robert Scoble has admitted that a demo of Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope a few weeks ago made him cry.

A snippet:

You drag around the sky. There’s Mars. There’s the big dipper. There’s Beetlejuice. Etc. It’s just like the star party you probably attended in college.

But it has one difference between any telescope you’ve ever looked at.

You can zoom. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom.

We picked a point of light inside the big dipper. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom. Holy shit, it’s two galaxies colliding. It looked like a star. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom.

Now the magic happened.

Curtis Wong said: “let’s switch to a different telescope and see what these two galaxies colliding are spitting out.”

He clicked a button and we saw a completely different view of the same colliding galaxies. This time we weren’t looking at visible light, but at something else. I think it might have been infrared, or maybe a look at radiation being kicked out. He had about 10 of the world’s telescopes to look at. I forget all the names, but that detail is in the video coming on Monday.

Check out the full post for more information. He says a video is coming on Monday, so we’ll be sure to post that when we see it.

Google Earth imagery update

As reported by the Google Earth Blog, it appears that there has been a good-sized update to Google Earth.  There hasn’t been an official announcement from Google yet, but some of the updated areas seem to include:

  • Spain – Various areas
  • England – Kent and Norfolk
  • USA – Various areas
  • Canada – Woodstock and Ontario
  • Norway – Oslo
  • Iceland – Reykjavik

Reload the GEB post from time to time, as Frank is keeping it updated with the latest information.

Microsoft’s answer to Google Earth Sky set to launch on February 27

Outer SpaceAccording to TechCrunch, Microsoft is set to unveil a product called “Worldwide Telescope” on February 27. This product will be used through a Windows-only downloadable application.

It sounds a whole lot like the “Sky Mode” in Google Earth. From the article:

Users will be able to pan around the nighttime sky and zoom as far in to any one area as the data will allow. Microsoft is said to be tapping the Hubble telescope as well as ten or so earth bound telescopes around the world for data. When you find an area you like, you can switch to a number of different views, such as infrared and non-visible light.

They say it will be much better than Google Sky for two reasons:

  • More data, which sounds reasonable. I don’t have the numbers to say for sure if that’s accurate or not, but it certainly sounds like this will launch with a TON of data.
  • A better user interface, which is “seamless as you move around the sky and zoom in and out”.

I don’t know about you, but Sky mode in Google Earth is pretty seamless to me, especially with the SpaceNavigator. I sure hope Microsoft includes support for it when they release this new product.

Microsoft adds Caligari to Virtual Earth team

Caligari logoMicrosoft has just announced that they have added Caligari, makers of the 3D modeling software trueSpace, to their to their Virtual Earth team.

Plans for implementing Caligari into Virtual Earth have not been revealed, but it certainly has a lot of potential.  One item that I’ve seen mentioned a few times already is the possiblity of a “Second Life” type of feature, or perhaps just another way to put high-quality 3D into the globe.  In any case, it should only mean more good stuff for us to enjoy!

Two big customers move to Virtual Earth

Microsoft has just announced that two big customers have migrated over to Virtual Earth.   From their site:

  • Yellowbook, The largest independent yellow pages publisher, has migrated their application from Mapquest to Virtual Earth in order to take advantage of VE’s advanced rooftop geocoding and maps.
  • Windermere released Property Point 3 and in so doing migrated from a mapping solution built on ESRI and Google mapping to the V6 Virtual Earth platform.

That’s a couple of big-time clients.  I wonder how the numbers stack up in terms of Google Maps vs. Virtual Earth for these kinds of companies?

Dominos Pizza unveils slick new tracking system

Dominos Pizza TrackerMapperz has a post about the brand new Dominos Pizza Tracker, which allows people to track the status of their pizza within 40 seconds of accuracy.

In an effort to “take the mystery out of delivery times”, this will show you when the pizza is in the oven, in the box, in the car and at your house.

It looks like a neat system. It makes me want to order a pizza just to try it out, which might have been part of their plan… :)

10 million downloads on Google Earth Hacks

3DConnexion SpaceNavigatorThe 10 millionth file download on Google Earth Hacks is coming soon, and they’re giving away a few SpaceNavigators to celebrate.

Guess the exact date/time of the 10 millionth download and you can win.

Details about the contest can be found here, and here is where you can enter to win.