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Monday, February 20, 2006

3D Display with NASA World Wind

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, a German research institute, will be presenting a new 3D display at the CeBIT tradeshow, March 9-15, 2006, Hannover, Germany. The engineering team states that the monitor is "specially designed for use as a travel aid", and their test software has been a slightly-modified version of NASA World Wind. To maintain a stereographic view, a camera tracks the user's eye position and adapts the image to the visual angle. A somewhat similar holographic display was used for security at the 2006 Superbowl; see my 2Feb06 post for details.

If you want a "more" 3D virtual globe on your existing computer, an anaglyph plug-in has been created for NASA World Wind. It can be found at worldwindcentral.

New Virtual Globe?
According to the Fraunhofer website, "[institute] researchers are thinking about developing their own program on the lines of NASA World Wind or Google Earth".