campus in 3D

I hadn’t taken a look at Google Earth for a while, but as I was adding a map to our department website, I noticed the “earth” button on – I clicked it, and got [a nice 3D view of campus](,+Calgary,+Alberta&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=45.536678,109.775391&ie=UTF8&hq=University+Of+Calgary&hnear=University+Of+Calgary,+Calgary,+Alberta+T2N+1N4&ll=51.080153,-114.132461&spn=0.001491,0.004372&t=f&z=19&ecpose=51.08140626,-114.13433575,1146.33,136.785,80.987,0). And had a pleasant surprise – someone had started creating 3D models of buildings on campus. Only a handful are there now, but I’m sure the whole campus will eventually be 3D-ified. Someone’s been busy building models for downtown, as well (including cranes on the top of The Bow).

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Google Earth on iPod Touch

Google Earth. On my iPod Touch. Seriously. This app is fracking amazing. Pinch to zoom or rotate. Tilt the iPod to tilt the view. The controls are so smooth and intuitive that I was actually disappointed when the view didn’t rotate as I spun my chair around. Maybe on a fancy schmancy iPhone 3G? Still – VERY cool app. Well done, Google Earth team!