It’s been quite sometime now since Google launched their controversial Streetview feature. Anyone can access digital images of streets located all around the world. And now, the virtual world is going to increase in size by help of a group of Brazilian environmentalists who plan to create a 3D on-the-ground view of Tumbira—one of Earth’s most remote areas located at the center of the Brazilian Amazon rain forest. According to Google, the aims of this endeavor are to show the living conditions of the people in the area and to inform the public about the efforts done to protect the forest.
At UC Berkeley, the same team behind 3D views of major cities on Google Earth has created a mapping technology “that scans its surroundings and creates an instant 3D model”. The device takes the form of a backpack, where an array of lasers, cameras, and an Inertial Measurement Unit all combine to form a final […]