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Nokia Challenges Google Earth By Launching 3D Ovi Maps, Currently Limited To PCs

Nokia has launched its beta  Ovi Map service in 3D which covers scans of world’s major metropolitan cities. The company made the announced today at the Where 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California.

A worthy competitor for Google Earth (an artist's impression)

This free feature allows PC users to turn their web browsers into virtual cities where they can explore an entire city, from buildings to parks/tress and from suburbs to streets in downtown areas in 360-degree panoramic view.

The service has been developed in collaboration with C3 Technologies, a provider of 3D mapping solutions. C3 has enabled this service by capturing one image per second of the same object from up to 100 different angles. Subsequently, an automated process reproduces accurate shape of objects using the captured images. An image processing software afterwards automatically wraps each shape such as buildings, trees, etc. with a texture from the set of captured images of each object. The service boasts of 3D resolution of 8 to 12 centimeters per pixel and is claimed that this quality is kept consistent across a city’s entire model.

Below is an image comparison of Ovi Maps 3D vs. Google Earth.

Ovi Map Details

Google Earth Details

Initially, the features will cover 20 metropolitans across the world. These include:

  1. Barcelona
  2. Boston
  3. Chicago
  4. London
  5. Copenhagen
  6. Florence
  7. Helsinki
  8. Las Vegas
  9. Los Angeles
  10. Madrid
  11. Miami
  12. Milan
  13. New York
  14. Oslo
  15. Prague
  16. San Francisco
  17. Stockholm
  18. Toronto
  19. Venice
  20. Vienna

Checkout a video for this immersive  service here.

Well, am sure there are many who want this service to be launched on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It would be interesting to see a combination of 3D maps and a 3D screen such as that on HTC EVO 3D. That should make it an interesting proposition and a worthy service to be run on the next-gen 4G networks. Did I hear someone say Minority Report!

Source: NokiaNokia BlogGSMArena

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