Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Inception Maps - Updated

A couple of years ago the London design company BERG created two horizonless maps of Manhattan. The Here & There maps show the nearest parts of Manhattan from a normal first person perspective but in the distance the Here & There map of the city begins to curve skywards so that distant parts of New York are shown in a plan view.

Janne Aukia has taken inspiration from the Here & There maps and the film Inception to create a similar horizonless map view using OSM Buildings. The OSM Buildings GL Inception Map is a pretty amazing map. In the foreground you can view the 3d buildings of OSM Buildings as normal but rising beyond & above the foreground buildings is the rest of the city.

The Tangram Bendy Map also allows you to view this interesting Inception inspired perspective on an interactive map. The screenshots above shows Manhattan on these horizonless maps but in either map you can jump to an horizonless view of any location in the world.

If this perspective inspires you to start creating your own Inception themed map then you might want to examine the code for the Tangram Bendy Map on GitHub.
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