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If you’re planning a family road trip to the Grand Canyon, feel free to cancel it. Put away the car seat and unplug the GPS, because Google Street View now lets you enjoy Arizona’s finest geological treasure from the comfort of your couch.
Fresh off of unveiling new shots of North Korea’s gulags, Google debuted more than a dozen 3-D galleries that feature breathtaking images of the national park’s key attractions, including some of its main trails, the famous Meteor Crater and the Colorado River, which has been eroding and shaping the natural wonder of the world for millions of years.
The Grand Canyon isn’t exactly a smoothly paved road, so in order to map it Google invented the Trekker, an Android-operated camera that can be worn like a backpack, to capture the canyon’s beauty on foot. Each of the Trekker’s 15 lenses — the same number as on a Google Street View car — takes a photograph every 2.5 seconds to piece together 360-degree panoramic views. A team of 10 Google employees armed with five Trekker devices took three days to photograph 75 miles of the canyon, and we assume no donkeys were hurt in the making of these images.
Since Google Street View launched in 2007 with a five-city trial, the mapping service has employed a number of devices to record the world in 3-D. To digitize internationally renowned museum collections, Google created a push-cart trolley camera to weave between sculptures and paintings. To capture off-road parks, stadiums and university campuses, Google designed a tricyle that lugs around state-of-the-art technology with training wheels. And despite Google’s technological prowess, it isn’t afraid of getting a little DIY when it comes to capturing the world’s finest ski slopes — it built a snowmobile apparatus out of 2x4s and duct tape.dampfgarer rezepte
Google Street View seems pretty committed to making nature’s geological treasures (as well as naked people and wild animals) accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. It already allows users to traverse Antarctica without the frigid temperatures, swim with Nemo in the Great Barrier Reef, and even get their James Bond on in the Swiss Alps. So now when your friends tell you to get off the computer and go outside, ignore them. Thanks to Google, you’ll never have to choose between the Internet and mother nature again.
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Google Earth is great. I purchased the professional license for it to use in the production of two of my documentaries.

Valley of Fire in 3D and Bryce Canyon in 3D

I will check out the Grand Canyon 3D you referenced. While Google Earth has 3D CGI it is not yet available in stereoscopic 3D. Consequently, the maps I present in my work are the 2D parts of the s3D presentation.

Thanks for the heads up on Google's progress.
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What do you mean by 3D? I thought you meant something I would have to wear 3D glasses to see. That would be more like being there. This isn't.
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What do you mean by 3D? I thought you meant something I would have to wear 3D glasses to see. That would be more like being there. This isn't.

There are many forms of "3D" The type of 3D you are referring to that requires glasses and gives an illusion of depth in the direction of view is actually referred to as stereoscopic 3D, or s3D. The 3D graphics I have seen in Google Earth is done with images that contain an object that can be rotated so you can see all sides top and bottom. Generally referred to cgi 3D.

All 3D imagery is not real but an illusion tricking the brain into visualizing something with depth in the picture. Other types of 3D illusion are: perspective, occlusion, shadowing, highlighting and shading, and holography. Only stereoscopic 3D requires glasses to view, but new autostereo monitors now can be viewed glasses free as well.
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There are many forms of "3D" The type of 3D you are referring to that requires glasses and gives an illusion of depth in the direction of view is actually referred to as stereoscopic 3D, or s3D. The 3D graphics I have seen in Google Earth is done with images that contain an object that can be rotated so you can see all sides top and bottom. Generally referred to cgi 3D.

All 3D imagery is not real but an illusion tricking the brain into visualizing something with depth in the picture. Other types of 3D illusion are: perspective, occlusion, shadowing, highlighting and shading, and holography. Only stereoscopic 3D requires glasses to view, but new autostereo monitors now can be viewed glasses free as well.
Uh.

The 3D that this forum was put in place for is the stereoscopic kind.

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