Reflection by BRITTANY C.
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Micrsoft’s Stephen Lawler gives a tour of Virtual Earth that not only reveals the power and potential of the software itself, but also gives a global glimpse of the new virtual look of digital globes and the 3D Web.
Lawler also discuss the effort that it takes to create the blending and shifting between the many views of Virtual Earth. Satellites and airplanes gather photo data for a top-down view and on the ground vehicals and headgear who scans the ground for an eye-level perspective and all of it represents a great amount effort of matematics science and enginnering.
Stephen Lawler and the Virtual Earth team have created an interactive 3D world that is in our view of advertising, gaming, weather/traffic reporting, instant messaging and more. In this talk he gives a interesting tour of Virtual Earth. He shows himself moving up, down and through its virtual city landscapes with a remarkable feature that requires great amounts of data to bring into focus. Also in this talk he mentions using the program to view New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.
This program is made by airplanes taking pictures to build the virtual world.
When you view the world you see the texture of the actual landscape. You can pick a spot to look at, and you can view it from different point of views and angles byou want. You can also have a street or car view of the city.
In my opinion this is an awesome program.