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  • Blog Post: IDV Solutions Releases Visual Fusion 4.0…And, It Is Awesome!

    I just want to give IDV Solutions a huge shout out today. I dragged myself in to work after waking to another dreary Seattle morning. Hoping the coffee would perk me up…bring out the fail whale. However, this morning I finally got some time to investigate the latest version of IDV’s Visual Fusion (4...
  • Blog Post: Introducing The Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control

    Welcome to MIX! Following suit with many Microsoft web technologies, here’s our product announcement…..It’s been a long time coming – a year, in fact, since I presented a sneak peak of the Microsoft Virtual Earth Silverlight (VESL) Map Control at MIX 2008 . Now, here we are a year later at MIX 2009 releasing...
  • Blog Post: AGI Visualizes Geo-Physics on Virtual Earth

    I may have to quit my job. I want to go out on top like John Elway. Once I’ve seen everything, I don’t know what else will light a fire under me to get up in the morning. Analytical Graphics, Inc. ( AGI ) has just changed my world by demonstrating how Microsoft Virtual Earth can be used to visualize...
  • Blog Post: Wii Integrate with Virtual Earth. Do you?

    I just read about how a Google Engineer apparently integrated Google Earth with Wii and "was able to get the Balance Board to talk to the program after decoding the Bluetooth packets being sent from the board .” Um, thankfully Brian Peek has done a write up for a supported a not “decoded” version...
  • Blog Post: The Making of the Virtual Earth 3D Santa Tracker

    As Santa heads north for his annual slumber and we’re all left with buyer’s remorse and daunting credit card bills we can now reflect on something positive: how Christmas was changed this year for the better with a 3D version of tracking Santa using Microsoft Virtual Earth . And, hey, I was stoked –...
  • Blog Post: Tracking Santa in Virtual Earth 3D

    As a follow up to The North Pole – A Virtual Earth Christmas Experience , the boys and I created a Santa Tracker to track Old St. Nick on his trek around the world hosted by MSNBC ( direct link to application here in the case you can find it on MSNBC ). As Ed Young would say, “we’re gonna take this to...
  • Blog Post: New Version of 3DVia = Easy 3D Model Publishing in Virtual Earth

    Helmets strapped on? For some time Microsoft has had a relationship with Dassault for publishing consumer 3D models into Virtual Earth using 3DVia . When you install the Virtual Earth 3D Managed Control you have the option of downloading 3DVia free of charge and then off you go and create models. Well...
  • Blog Post: The North Pole – A Virtual Earth Christmas Experience

    Microsoft Virtual Earth and MSNBC are changing the game this year when it comes to tracking Santa. You’ve all seen the NORAD Santa Tracker and while that’s been fun over the years, well, it has gotten a bit stale. So, a few of us here in the Virtual Earth Product Group decided it was time to spice things...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and XNA Game Development

    Here’s some sickness. I’m sure the first time you saw Microsoft Virtual Earth you were thinking, “Wow, is this going to integrate with Microsoft Flight Simulator ?” Then, if you’ve ever seen me or one of my colleagues demonstrate Virtual Earth 3D you’ve probably seen us show off our Xbox controller support...
  • Blog Post: Developing Virtual Earth iPhone Applications with Objective-C

    You’ve been waiting for this post. If you’ve tried doing any iPhone development with Virtual Earth you’ve probably been swearing up a storm, beating down your computer, and lost hours of sleep wondering how Loopt , Weather Central and now NMobile got their iPhone apps working. Well, Colin Cornaby from...
  • Blog Post: Ultra-Wide Screen Virtual Earth 3D

    OMG. Double click to go full screen Now, THIS is how Microsoft Virtual Earth should be viewed! The Advanced Cognitive Engineering Lab at Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada, has officially forced me to strap on my helmet a little tighter, because they have just blown my mind - brain matter everywhere...
  • Blog Post: Stream Video and Location Together with GPS-Enabled Mobile Video

    Inca Mobile is rolling out some interesting technology to simultaneously stream video from a mobile phone while leveraging the onboard GPS to track position of where a user is and is moving to and from. The software, called Live Media GPS , currently in beta, runs on Windows Mobile 5 and 6 on phones...
  • Blog Post: Photosynth Released - Now, Let's Mash it with Virtual Earth

    Feel free to bypass my blog and download Photosynther now . Photosynther is the client software to create your own Photosynth's viewable in the browser. Some of this post may look familiar to you folks who leverage search engine cache, but I've added some Virtual Earth integration to the post so get...
  • Blog Post: The Significance of trueSpace 7.6 and 700,000 Polygons

    This needs little explanation, but I wanted to share this with the Virtual Earth crowd to show the raw power of the trueSpace 7.6 rendering engine. The following video shows a rendering of 1500 frames which took only 15 minutes to complete all in real time display mode! The scene is a fantasy city with...
  • Blog Post: Announcing trueSpace for Virtual Earth 3D Development

    Today is a big day. BIG DAY. As you'll recall, several months ago we acquired Caligari because of their advanced 3D toolset - trueSpace (among other assets). I've always felt sketchy about other 3D freeware, so starting today trueSpace 7.6 is now available for download.....FOR FREE ! And, there is a...
  • Blog Post: Weather Central and Virtual Earth on the iPhone

    Tomorrow, Weather Central is launching their new MyWeather application for the iPhone and it is pretty darn slick. Okay, sick! The application will provide you with weather updates in tabular format ( iPhone tabular format is like candy), but more importantly it will also include weather overlays atop...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation)

    Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is an incredible new visualization technology from Microsoft and since we are "One Microsoft" with some extremely exciting user experience software coming to the forefront - see Silverlight , Seadragon (aka Deep Zoom) and Surface as examples - Virtual Earth...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and iPhone

    Who says Google gets all the love from Apple's iPhone? If you saw or read about the introduction of the new version of iPhone at The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, perhaps you caught Sam Altman, Loopt CEO, demonstrating Loopt's new application on the device for finding friends. And, if you saw...
  • Blog Post: Humanitarian Information Centre for Myanmar

    In the wake of devastation in Myanmar, the HIC for Myanmar has partnered with IDV Solutions to create The Humanitarian Information Centre for Myanmar's Map Center . The map-based, dashboard application is simplistically powerful allowing users to very easily plot data feeds, vector information and overlay...
  • Blog Post: Trulia - Snapshot

    Trulia launched their new home searching tool dubbed " Snapshot " as a new and unique way to search for real estate. I have to say, this site IS ABSOLUTELY SICK. For you non-Gen Xers and younger, that's a good thing. I would say it's "disgusting" but only post Gen Yers would get it. Seriously. UX people...
  • Blog Post: Weather Central and 3D Weather Broadcasts

    I've mentioned Weather Central in the past with regards to some of their killing broadcasts which use Virtual Earth as a backdrop. Well, I caught up with them at NAB and thought I'd post an update on some of their innovation. Here are some samples of where they've included Virtual Earth 3D as the backdrop...
  • Blog Post: Twisney

    Here's a unique mashup - Twisney - Virtual Earth, Twitter and Flickr all based on Disney Parks in Orlando. I love this because it's so simple, yet has some great filtering and searching capabilities. You can filter listings on the months and/or days the Twitters were posted, the park you're interested...
  • Blog Post: Marriott "Go Board"

    Virtual Earth has a multitude of uses on the web, but now you can see it moving into the hotel lobby. Marriott is rolling out their "Go Board" which is a large screen in their hotel lobbies highlighting weather, news, events and other local information, but more importantly maps! Virtual Earth maps no...
  • Blog Post: Destroy All Invaders

    Perhaps you saw my MIX presentation of Virtual Earth in Silverlight . If not, check it out. In the meantime, you can check out Virtual Earth in Silverlight as the backdrop and interface respectively for the game Destroy All Invaders , by Andy Beaulieu . I found this link off of the Public Sector Developer...
  • Blog Post: City of Miami

    I'm going to Miami this summer. I'll be attending the TeleAtlas Conference in June; however, that's not the point of this. I wanted to highlight what The City of Miami has done with Virtual Earth . There are actually several applications built atop of Virtual Earth , the latest being the zoning application...
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