Video: Google Earth graduates from awesome to near-awesome

posted at 10:06 am on April 17, 2008 by Allahpundit

A.k.a. “Shut-in blogger’s dream comes true, able to see the world now without ever leaving the house.” Full awesomeness shall be attained only when navigable video of mankind’s greatest attractions is added. Spend six hours roaming the Metropolitan Museum of Art — while slumped in a chair next to a dozen empty bottles of Newcastle! Give ‘em five years. It’s inevitable.

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What are these long stringy things hanging down below my torso? I forget. They’re so unsightly. I need to have them removed.

ronsfi on April 17, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Remember Asimov’s planet of Solera? My dream. Never leave home, never see another human being.

btw, when is Google gonna be able to see under ladies’ dresses? Lemme know.

JiangxiDad on April 17, 2008 at 10:12 AM

…and you’re telling me there aren’t parties objecting to 3D maps of cities for security purposes? I’m not agreeing with them, mind you, but doesn’t anyone else remember the furor over MS Flight Simulator after 9/11 because the WTC was in it?

MadisonConservative on April 17, 2008 at 10:12 AM

So when can we export this data to a custom map for Grand Theft Auto?

playblu on April 17, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Wow, it even has a real-time seismic monitor.

amerpundit on April 17, 2008 at 10:15 AM

It’s the matrix.

lorien1973 on April 17, 2008 at 10:16 AM

that was pretty sweet

Lance Murdock on April 17, 2008 at 10:17 AM

/Jaw hits floor.

BJ* on April 17, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Where’s the zombies?

natesnake on April 17, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Anyone else have problems installing this update? I got it to download, but it didn’t “take”…*sad*

JetBoy on April 17, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Spend six hours roaming the Metropolitan Museum of Art — while slumped in a chair next to a dozen empty bottles of Newcastle!

Agreed! I may finally get to ride that roller coaster that I’ve been terrified of my whole life!!!

Darth Keller on April 17, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Not to bust you on grammar, but isn’t Awesome –> Near Awesome actually a downgrade?

Ferris on April 17, 2008 at 10:26 AM

I think it would be cool if the camera views were live video feed.

Ernest on April 17, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Newcastle. What goodness.

freakagriep on April 17, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Not to bust you on grammar, but isn’t Awesome –> Near Awesome actually a downgrade?

No, the italics are everything.

Allahpundit on April 17, 2008 at 10:33 AM

A pox on Google’s house. Now everyone will be able to drive right into the BatCave. I won’t be satisfied until citizens are allowed to have ASAT technology.

Limerick on April 17, 2008 at 10:35 AM

This and an IV and you’re in devolutional, self-created near-coma heaven.

Can I get a vestigal organs!?

profitsbeard on April 17, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Newcastle. What goodness.

I noticed that too. I always figured AP for a PBR fan.

natesnake on April 17, 2008 at 10:40 AM

No, the italics are everything.

Ah… gotcha. Well played. I like it.

Ferris on April 17, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Update worked for me…friggin’ awesome now…wow, the detailed 3D buildings, + street view are incredible.

/There goes the day

jwehman on April 17, 2008 at 10:57 AM

That is sick, and by sick I mean awesome.

CP on April 17, 2008 at 11:01 AM

The thing I love about this mapping software is the ability to see the actual building you will be visiting. I travel a lot so going into strange areas is very common. With this software, I’m able to survey the neighborhood in advance for parking, security issues, etc… Things I would have to allocate travel time for in the past.

I visited St. Louis, MO a few years ago and wanted to visit a particular museum. Was able to get directions via my GPS and drove there. Once I arrived, realized the museum was in the combat zone, it was one of a few building that weren’t bombed out. Nefarious looking characters roamed the streets, and I knew this was not a place to park a car. Not that I was afraid of the car being stolen, it was a rental, it was the idea of being trapped there with no transportation out.

So this new Google Earth has my enthusiastic approval.

Zaire67 on April 17, 2008 at 11:15 AM

It’s the matrix.

lorien1973 on April 17, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Agreed

Viper1 on April 17, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Computer technology is pretty cool. I predict that computers will catch on and be useful.

cat-scratch on April 17, 2008 at 11:17 AM

What the Soviets wouldn’t have given for that back in the day.

- The Cat

MirCat on April 17, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Computer technology is pretty cool. I predict that computers will catch on and be useful.

cat-scratch on April 17, 2008 at 11:17 AM

LOL! What a prescient observation!

CP on April 17, 2008 at 11:28 AM

My chargeable time for today just went to zero. Must have now!

Mallard T. Drake on April 17, 2008 at 11:31 AM

The next step will be to link or associate locations in Google Earth with content available on the internet – the ultimate graphical search engine – somehow represented directly in the map/image area – not an information box or simply text somewhere off to the side. Sort of in the Johnny Mnemonic direction.

Another interesting variation would be timescaling. Developing enough information to be able to graphically represent Ancient Rome, Hadrian’s Wall, Southwest American Indian cliff dewllings, Incan cities in the clouds, the temples at Angor Wat, the Bamiyan Buddhas….

It could also enable do-it-yourself time-lapse videos of near geologic scale…with snippets made of the birth of the Icelandic volcanic island, or progress of Hawaii’s volcanos…or even the relative motion of the tectonic plates.

Wind Rider on April 17, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Wind Rider on April 17, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Sweeeeet. Geek heaven.

shibumiglass on April 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Welcome to ReCall, Mr. Quaid, are you ready to be implanted with your virtual vacation memories?

“Yes, I vant to go to Mahs.”

Bishop on April 17, 2008 at 12:03 PM

JiangxiDad on April 17, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Remember Asimov’s planet of Solera?

A hermaphrodite wouldn’t need to look up dresses.

Hendo on April 17, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Spend six hours roaming the Metropolitan Museum of Art — while slumped in a chair next to a dozen empty bottles of Newcastle! Give ‘em five years. It’s inevitable.

Already there, AP.

spmat on April 17, 2008 at 12:16 PM

lorien1973 at 10:16 AM

Can it make Tasty Wheat?

ttevolla on April 17, 2008 at 12:22 PM

A hermaphrodite wouldn’t need to look up dresses.

Well, maybe only half of the time…

trigon on April 17, 2008 at 12:38 PM

What a waste.

indythinker on April 17, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Remember Asimov’s planet of Solera? My dream. Never leave home, never see another human being.

btw, when is Google gonna be able to see under ladies’ dresses? Lemme know.
JiangxiDad on April 17, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Wasn’t that the one where everyone used robots for every thing, grew their babies in an incubator because they were repulsed by sex, and were white pasty bags of mush?

bikermailman on April 17, 2008 at 12:55 PM

I’m convinced that Google got the idea from the Metaverse “Earth” software in Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash.”

Dr. Manhattan on April 17, 2008 at 1:06 PM

DUDE! I envision a whole lot of people being late for work because of this!

Tony737 on April 17, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Wooo! I saw my office in downtown Raleigh.

rivlax on April 17, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Mankind invents virtual life: thus rendering birth, actual life, and death unnecessary!!

landlines on April 17, 2008 at 1:58 PM

That is pretty sweet. But since I find myself in the position of defending Microsoft in the other thread, I should say… just wait till MS gets THIS integrated into Virtual Earth one day.

Watch the whole video, trust me… it’s worth it. It’s implications for the future of something like Google Earth / Virtual Earth are intriguing.

DaveS on April 17, 2008 at 2:02 PM

I had to go back to GE 4.2 because 4.3 would not open links in my browser. :( I uninstalled 4.3, reinstalled 4.2 and all was well again. When the official version of 4.3 comes out (this is a beta version) then I’ll try it again.

Afterimage on April 17, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Oh, I forgot… here’s the link to the Photosynth tech preview.

DaveS on April 17, 2008 at 2:21 PM

“No, the italics are everything.”

Can you dumb that down for me? Pretend you’re explaining it to your grandmother.

JM Hanes on April 17, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Can you dumb that down for me? Pretend you’re explaining it to your grandmother.

“awesome” is inferior to “near awesome“, which is inferior to “awesome

The idea here is that awesome and awesome are two different animals.

DaveS on April 17, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Newcastle = mmm

macummings on April 17, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Oh, I forgot… here’s the link to the Photosynth tech preview.

DaveS on April 17, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Wow! I just sat here in awe watching that video.

Afterimage on April 17, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Yeah, it is (as the title suggest) “jaw-dropping”. Dr. Manhatten, above, referred to a “Metaverse” and I think this is a more perfect example of that.

DaveS on April 17, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Ah — so it’s like nuance. Thanks for the assist DaveS.

JM Hanes on April 17, 2008 at 7:28 PM

DaveS, cool video! What an exciting time this is to be alive. New inventions and discoveries every week. Myself, I’m waiting for a ride on the space elevator.

Rosmerta on April 17, 2008 at 8:40 PM

All this plus a somewhat functional, embedded flight simulator easter egg? Thanks Google, just what I needed: more tech to keep me from sleeping.

scrub_oak on April 17, 2008 at 8:43 PM

Computer technology is pretty cool. I predict that computers will catch on and be useful.

cat-scratch on April 17, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Thank you for inventing them Mr. Gore….

91Veteran on April 18, 2008 at 12:02 AM