Researchers from Georgia Tech have devised methods to take real-time, real-world information and layer it onto Google Earth, adding dynamic information to the previously sterile Googlescape.
They use live video feeds (sometimes from many angles) to find the position and motion of various objects, which they then combine with behavioral simulations to produce real-time animations for Google Earth or Microsoft Virtual Earth.
They use motion capture data to help their animated humans move realistically, and were able to extrapolate cars' motion throughout an entire stretch of road from just a few spotty camera angles.
From their video of an augmented virtual Earth, you can see if the pickup soccer game in the park is short a player, how traffic is on the highway, and how fast the wind is blowing the clouds across the sky.
Up next, they say they want to add weather, birds, and motion in rivers.
They will present their paper at the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality next month, but you can read a draft PDF here.
I wouldn't be surprised if the military would grab this or have someting like this.
cool, yet creepy.
Can you say Eagle Eye everyone?
My guess would be is that we are already being watched.
it s very deferent and it how will it work
Wow, this is truly amazing. Security companies should be interested in this technology! I consider the ability to integrate people, cars, and moving objects, into computer models (like Google, earth) a tremendous advancement! Their are numerous applications, many of which are still for un-meet needs!
Dr. Brian Glassman
Ph.D in Innovation Management from Purdue University
Pretty cool concept...
Got to wonder about Football games for instance, demo makes it appear that you can watch a game at a stadium. Don't think the NFL Network will like that?!
dude like that is so creepy. and i dont think the nfl will care, its the same as watching on tv.
Awesome! Using this tech, you should be able to have a subject standing in a ring of cameras and track the meshing of video feeds the head movement of someone wearing some AR glasses for an awesome real time hologram effect.
One thing they don't mention is this....most cellphones have GPS chips in them (and ALL mobile phones have Assisted GPS, which uses triangulation of the antennas to locate individuals). Technically speaking, it wouldn't be very difficult to interpolate location data of every cellphone user (whether it be voluntary or though big-brother) and over-impose it on google earth giving us real-time simulations of reality. Combine that with this technology and we start getting closer to realizing the real matrix (now if we can only figure out how to plug our brain directly into the network we'll be set).
We did invent this already, years ago. And sold it to the military. We now are using it for the video surveillance industry. (oh, it is covered under a patent too...)
Although the traffic counter is pretty cool...
This looks like something that might do more harm than good. For example, what if a Dictatorship got this technology? Knowing what every citizen is doing and where they are doing it is something every Paranoid Dictator wants.
God I love technology...till I read creepy shit like this
:( Gonna have to live of the grid if 2012 doesnt wipe us out. I pray for Zombies
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Don't worry... You've been watching too many spy shows.
Outside of a few controlled labs, (where you can control light, angles, color, weather, etc.,)...There is no technology that recognizes a random face and cross references it with another random name from a camera 1,000 miles away...and then tracks where you go ...following you...at the same time it is trying to figure out who the rest of the 300 million people are....
An augmentation for Google Earth that aids in visualizing the life-like quality of modern civilization? Seems propitious to some, but more of a seldom quality taken by others; I'd rather see such an implementation in more promising technologies than a simple 3D mapping program; aside from my detestation I'd favor it now because Google Earth seems to be the only candidate.
The aliens, those little grey sumbitches, have had this stuff since the 1960s. They implant those RFID transducers in people when they abduct them. All google earth has to do is to get plugged into the alien network and they would have this covered.
In the mean time I am outta here. Where did I put my jet-pack.
How is that possible, dude? I mean there are simply too much data to handle.
The military doesn't need this. that have satellites that can see people clearly. and read the book they're reading.
Wow! interesting post. Locke your rocking. Thanks for share useful information. Good picture and video. I like this post.
If google plan to acquire this tech then I don't think google should do it because due to the threat of being sue. This tech can be use to do harm to others and I feel like google shouldn't take this risk.
*I can work as a loss prevention for google if google give me the honor to work in your great company =)
Google Earth has become extremely popular in the Real Estate world. As a consumer you can use this tool to easily find anything around a property that could be of concern. Technology has come a long way and this feature of Google is awesome!
very good article thank you.
I think Google earth is fabulous. To be able to search your home and surrounds, or that of friends is fantastic. I get frustrated though that some areas are restricted. Real time is cool and will be loads of fun.
Can someone please help me? What am I not doing right, it will not let me do anything as far as the Google Real Time, is there something I need to click on or download I am overlooking? Thanks for any help getting me started.