EarthScape for iPhone/iPod Touch
I am supposed to be posting another interview right now, but I just bought and started playing with EarthScape Basic, a virtual globe program that runs on the iPhone and iPod Touch (and apparently som other mobiles as well). While there are quite a few features missing for a $9.99 app in my opinion (such as place name search and remembering layer preferences between uses) this app is simply impressive…I used the word WOW in my Tweet at least twice. The imagery and terrain streams and renders fairly quickly compared to what I expected and the touch navigation has already ruined desktop virtual globes for me in just a few minutes. The integration of town names and wikipedia links, even in this first version, make me hopeful for what is to come in future updates. Take a look at this YouTube video to see the interface and touch navigation.