What Tech Does Google Earth use to Generate its 3D Imagery?


Add this to the list of videos that help explain our industry. Popular video blog Nat and Friends, which explores how various departments within Google work, recently turned its attention to Google Earth and asked—How is that 3D imagery generated?

If you already know the answer to that question, the video is still worth your time, since it includes some of the most lucid descriptions of 3D modeling I’ve seen anywhere. Click play, and you’ll find visuals that show how photogrammetry works, why machine vision is such a big deal for 3D modeling, and even how to add texture to a 3D mesh.

That’s not all—stay through to the end for a great explanation of how Google is using computer vision to track the way the Earth is changing.


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Sean Higgins is the former Managing Editor of SPAR3D.com and the SPAR 3D weekly newsletter, which continues to highlight relevant news and information for 3D-scanning professionals. Sean continues to work in the industry, and may sometimes be spotted in attendance at SPAR 3D Expo & Conference. Follow @spar_editor to connect with and learn more about the current voice of SPAR3D.com

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