Virtual Earth: Vienna in 3D by June


The weekend blogging frenzy continues. Four posts in three days! This blog is starting to become “so packed it should go on holiday”, as my favourite TV show host of all times always used to say 😀

But back to the facts: I watched an interesting panel discussion this Thursday on Location Based Services, organized by the Austrian Press Agency APA. Among the panelists was Microsoft’s Virtual Earth Business Development Manager for the Central and Eastern European Region, talking about MS’ plans to have the entire city of Vienna represented in VE in full 3D by the start of the Euro 2008 soccer championship, which will be June 7. (APA coverage is e.g. available here in german; the daring ones among you might want to try the Google translation here.)

Vienna will be the first Central European 3D city in VE (and I would assume they are doing it with the Vexcel 3D reconstruction tech they acquired some time ago – see my earlier post here). Another thing that was mentioned and which is quite interesting: MS’ cameras are also shooting in the infrared range; and the 3D reconstruction algorithms can use this info to automatically chop out pictures of humans for privacy reasons! Smart.

UPDATE: full coverage of the event here (in german only, sorry).

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