Could we build a VR semantic garden on Google Earth ?

About: google earth - home


With free Google SketchUp we can create structures and import pictures and apparently place them in Google Earth .

There is a Google Earth Community here.

Why not choose some deserted spot on Earth or even up in the athmosphere and semi-manually create a VR community ... somewhat like secondlife ?  Every time a picture was  tagged it would create a image in our VR community.  The geographic layout of the community would reflect our tag cloud ... the more items tagged the larger the room allocated ... the more items with related tags, the closer the rooms would be.   See 3260 for some background. 

Teleports could be arranged such that if the geo locations of the picture were included in the microformat, then a tourist could teleport to the place on the surface of the earth where the picture was taken.

This brings up the quaandry that nobody has yet to concieve of the mapping between tag rooms and space that was first introduced in visualization of clustering tag rooms .  This problem could be summarized as follows: ..... given the tag database, assign a spatial address (x,y,z)  for each item.  If we know that mapping, then we should be able to automatically update our virtual world.  

Note the difference between this approach and what is normally done in VR.  Normally VR starts with the map, and you build on that map in specific places.  These spaces always end up looking like toy places.  With my way, you change the landscape as you tag items into tag rooms ... the more items tagged into the room, the bigger the room becomes to accomodate them. Related tags determine room adjaciency automatically.

or... ?

Actually there are 3 essential things that are needed here that Google Earth does not provide:
  1. ability to post sounds and play them
  2. ability show prescence of other visitors
  3. ability to easily share space with other visitors

Tags

  1. visualizing
  2. vr
  3. google earth
  4. sketchup
  5. geo
  6. ideas
  7. folksonomy
  8. virtual reality

Comments


Seth says
... maybe open up gamer apvilions and resort hotels ... sell realistate...



Mark de LA says
Mark 2006-05-03 13:12:13 3461
Why not, if you can sell pixels then it only follows that leggo like pieces of pixel-realestate in cyberspace comes next! Or maybe that's iCyberSpace



Seth says
source: 3pointd.com
I was pondering how cool it would be if Google were to come out with a Google Space application, and reader Adam Blumenthal pointed out that such a thing already exists, not from Google, but in the form of a free app called Celestia (for Windows, OS X or Linux), which, if you know what?s good for, you?ll download and check out before you even read the rest of this post. I don?t want to tell you how late I was up last night playing around in this thing.

...


Seth says
Seems like we are getting closer and closer to a vr browser ... via O'Reily Radar here.


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