Saturday, November 25, 2006

 

3D Leaps Forward

We work and play in a three dimensional world. We jump into 2 dimensional space for our textual and photographic information and most of our compositions. Creating in 3D used to mean sculpting rock, clay and other media. In digital environments, it also meant significant costs for software and hardware to create 3D images. A pair of programs have changed the cost to computer users, Google Earth and SketchUp. See samples of Google Earth at
www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2006/03/expecting_lots.html. See video tutorials of SketchUp at http://sketchup.google.com/tutorials.html
Comments:
I am familiar with Google Earth and always thought it was a fascniating function. However,I recently heard a concern that this new idea was aiding "spying" from the government as well as from possible terorists. I had not thought of this program as a negative before but was unsure if there were certain precautions taken to prevent this tool from becoming more of a threat to our safety.
 
I am familiar with Google Earth and always thought it was a fascinating function. However,I recently heard a concern that this new idea was aiding "spying" from the government as well as from possible terrorists. I had not thought of this program as a negative before but was unsure if there were certain precautions taken to prevent this tool from becoming more of a threat to our safety.
 
Veteran's Day we had a special guest in our class who had served in Irac. Google Earth was a very powerful tool. He showed us were he was stationed, where he slept and the vehicles they use. Everyone was impressed!
 
Are Jodi and Sarah related? If so, I work with you Jodi!
 
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