Thursday, October 31, 2013

The First Global Map of Flatland

3d Maps Minus 3d takes the 3d aerial texture maps that are used by online maps to provide 3d imagery and presents them in glorious 2d. The result is a very strange global map that presents the world in a new light.

Google Maps uses two-dimensional texture maps to add photo-realism to the 3d models that can be viewed in the Google Earth browser view. In Google Maps these texture maps are reassembled by your browser to present a navigable 3d view of the world. 3d Maps Minus 3d presents a map of these images without the 3d models.

The result is very strange indeed.

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