3D Internet Projects

Back in 2001-2002 I was experimenting with 3D Internet technologies. I was using Active Worlds in an artistic context as well as toying with Viewpoint and Cult 3D. The Cult 3D plugin works on Internet Explorer, and Firefox. Viewpoint Player works in many browsers as well.

The above is a model of a demon maped with my face and the sound is a distorted recording of my laugh.

Hook-Man avatar by Pete Ippel

The Hook-Man avatar I created to stand in for me in the online realm. He moves and groves, and you can make him dance by launching the viewpoint application.

This is part of the Active Worlds environment I developed with Marcia Lyons. We used it to display students’ 2d work in a 3D world, with schedued classes online. It was a precursor to Second Life.

Mystery of the Photo-Cars Solved. It’s Google’s Street View

So a few times over the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen cars driving down the streets of San Francisco with 8 digital SLR cameras attached to the roofs, for the longest time I couldn’t figure out why they would be just taking photos of the street.

It reminded me of how they made the Matrix bullet time with multiple cameras facing in on the subject. You can find a very thorough explanation of the Bullet Time technique on YouTube

Well, I’m positing that with the cameras facing out, it’s the work of Google, digitizing the “Street Views” of The City for their Google Maps application.

It’s incredible, I just needed to look up my friend’s zip code and typed in his address, and then I was given the option to check out the street view. This is especially useful if you’re on foot and don’t have GPS, you can actually *visualize* the place you’re headed to.

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