Via Scoop.it – internetbillboards
WebGL isn’t just for bouncy-marble demos anymore. Google Maps, a major site, now uses the 3D graphics technology after years of development. Read this blog post by Stephen Shankland on Deep Tech. Google has enabled a “MapsGL” option to show 3D buildings on the site through the use of WebGL, a 3D graphics technology for the Web that four of the five top browsers have embraced.
The move marks another step in the convergence of the browser-based Google Maps and the more immersive Google Earth software that stemmed from Google’s 2004 acquisition of Keyhole. Google Earth lets people fly around, overlays imagery on contoured terrain, and shows 3D buildings. With WebGL, Google Maps gets the 3D buildings–also visible on Android’s Maps app–and more.
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