Awhile back, we talked about Sony’s upcoming 3D virtual world/social network for the Playstation 3, dubbed Home. Right now, Home is in a closed beta trial, and is scheduled for release in early 2008. GameTrailers.com and Veoh recently posted a 25-minute walkthrough of the beta of Home, showing some of each features and 3D environments.
We had a great interview with Chris Hanson of 3D Nature this week, but we aren’t going to post it until after all of the holiday travel and our year in review episode. In the interview Chris pointed out the great sale they are running on the GIS friendly Visual Nature Studio 2. I have
Google has added a few new features to its Google Maps application (funny how Google Local never really caught on, isn’t it?). One, they’ve added the ability to edit markers, which we mentioned in the past. Two, they’ve added a new “street view” function for some urban areas that’s worth a look see. I checked
So, now that our conference presentation is over, I thought I would tell a little bit about what I have been working on for the last few months that has eaten into my blogging time, among other things. After we finished our prototype virtual world last spring, recreating historical Morgantown, WV in ArcScene using SketchUp
For those of you not subscribed to the V1 Magazine Newsletter, Jeff and Matt give their take on a topic we have often talked about, gaming technologies in the realm of geospatial. Check it out and let us know what you think about the subject. V1 Magazine – What is the Influence of Gaming on
Nokia is taking an interesting twist with their acquisition of Navteq – they want to focus on pedestrians. At a time when people are working hand over fist to get money into in-car navigation systems, Nokia apparently sees a hole in the market. Clearly Nokia has a delivery mechanism at hand for this as well.
Over on the Google Earth educators site there is a GE tour of Asia in honor of the 2007 Geography Awareness Week topic. If you get a few minutes free you should head over and download the KMZ and take the virtual tour.
A couple of projects by Japanese researchers show that work in the area of augmented or mixed reality is really pushing the boundary between the real and virtual worlds. Michihiko Shoji, a researcher at the Yokohama Nationa University Venture Business Laboratory, has developed a virtual humanoid called U-Tsu-Shi-O-Mi. The robot is covered in a green
Ever wanted to know how Global Warming might affect your lavish Sim City models? Well the good folks at Sim City are letting you find out! You can choose what power source you want for your city and it will affect global warming and development costs to your citizens. The game is in pre-order, but
Talk about taking over the (virtual) world…Google has acquired Jaiku and is working with Multiverse and both were announced in a day. The Jaiku purchase is a curiosity as they could have created their own version of the project from a few of the services they already have in house, though they wouldn’t have captured