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Westport internet's first 3D town

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Westport internet's first 3D town

Per today's independent, Westport will be the world's first fully 3D by google Earth next week "allowing virtual visitors stroll through the streets whilst sitting at their computers."

Should be useful for first time visitors to get their bearings.

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1. Re: Westport internet's first 3D town

Should read, world's first three D town....

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2. Re: Westport internet's first 3D town

Very cool. Any idea how Westport got picked to be the first?

It will come in handy for me, I think, when we return from Westport - I'll be able to see what the walk from the bar to the B&B would have looked like if I'd been sober. :-) (planning ahead)

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3. Re: Westport internet's first 3D town

Couple years back, wasn't Ennis selected to be the first of some type of "Ireland Technology Town" or something? Whatever came of that?

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4. Re: Westport internet's first 3D town

Irishfan. Ennis had that information something or other town-result, everyone got a free computer, and TA got Bannergirl

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Kijones. Lol - sounds like a virtual 8D experience!

The town council had already had a model in place from a local company to help out with town planning, so much of the ground work had been completed.

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5. Re: Westport internet's first 3D town

On the off chance that anyone is interested, this is now visible online -apparently - I just havn't managed to work it yet :-(

From

gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2008/01/westpor…

"......... if you search for "Westport, Ireland" in GE and turn on the "3D Buildings" layer it will begin loading a number of 3D models for the town. These buildings have high resolution photo textures which let you see and read signs on the fronts of stores, and even see merchandise in some of the windows. This also means they will take up a lot of memory, so make sure you have a good graphics card in your computer. Other interesting techniques in the collection is a detailed terrain base model for the town with the streets and sidewalks also textured and modeled. Even the bridges and water in a river are modeled."

The web site http://earth.google.com/ is amazing, if you have not yet logged on - everywhere is visible - which means you should be able to spot your own home - or use it as a tool to research other places.

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I'm a great fan of google earth, I wish they would do the rest of Ireland at the same quality as the US and the UK.

I can't say I am wildly impressed by the 3D Westport though. Even though you can see the shop fronts it doesn't really look like a real place, and it has to be handled very carefully to make it work at all. You would also have to have a map of Westport handy or you would be lost in seconds.

Anyway, in spite of my grousing I can see how it is a step along the way to something amazing, I'll look forward to seeing it when it happens!

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7. Re: Westport internet's first 3D town

This is so exciting, I don't know how to sleep tonight.

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8. Re: Westport internet's first 3D town

Ferdia, can you think of anything suitably cutting to say to clauds, I'm not feeling very sharp this evening. :-)

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9. Re: Westport internet's first 3D town

No Doneraile. I'm just too hurt...my lovely Westport posting being 'sniff' spoken about this way.

Clauds - get some rest, too much googling and lack of sleep is bad for your eyes.

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