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An Augmented Reality Version of Google Earth

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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi Feb 07, 2022
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A Google Earth-like program where you can walk and interact like you would in real life.
What are the uses?
This platform can be useful for the following purposes:
  • for nostalgic purposes, as people can visit their childhood homes, schools, and playgrounds, among others.
  • for research purposes, especially for writers, like biography writers who want to paint a vivid and accurate image of their subject's life growing up, and fiction writers who want to research a certain location for their book.
  • for virtual tourism, as people can don VR glasses, a pair of headsets, and take a tour of whichever location they desire.
  • for events, as people can organize virtual events that people can attend via augmented reality.
  • for virtual visits among friends and family members.
How will it work?
I’m not familiar with game development, but I imagine the same principles will apply in the development of this program. Since a robust 3D scan of the planet already exists via Google Earth, I imagine all that is required is to add avatars to represent the user when they can interact with this world. Also, the program can incorporate ambient sounds of its different locations, which the user can listen to for a more detailed, more fulfilling experience.
What else?
Ideally, individual homes shouldn’t be accessible to just anybody for security reasons. However, visitors should be able to access their host’s home if the host approves, like in the real world. For this to work, there should be an option for users to scan their homes and add them to the program. (Fortunately, 3D scanning no longer requires special equipment as some smartphones have LiDAR scanners that can be used for this purpose.) And when they expect a visitor, they can send a digital invite that will allow others to access their home via this reality.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Feb 07, 2022
Map the entire world - google street view style, then convert it to an open-source video game world that any software developer can use and build upon it.
As you say, kids would love to play their favorite video game on their block. There are countless cool use case scenarios for this.
There should be an easy way for people to use their phone's camera and scan an update of their area. They submit it to the moderators who convert and add it to the map.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
People could revert the area to an older scan if they wish to visit their street to how it was when they were young
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