earthmine

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Coordinates: 37°51′43″N 122°17′53.08″W / 37.86194°N 122.2980778°W / 37.86194; -122.2980778

earthmine, inc.
Type Private
Industry digital mapping surveying
Founded 2006
Headquarters 2390A Fourth Street, Berkeley, California, United States
Website earthmine.com

earthmine, inc. is a company located in Berkeley, California devoted to "indexing reality".[1][2] The company uses vehicle mounted camera rigs to capture imagery and three dimensional data of the urban environment. It was founded in 2006 by John Ristevski and Anthony Fassero.[3]

Technology[edit]

earthmine uses technology licensed from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to capture 3D data at regular intervals while driving.[4][5] Collection is accomplished with the MARS collection system, which employs a set of cameras mounted to the roof of a car. As of November 2009, earthmine has established a network of collection partners in the United States and around the world.[6]

The collected data is processed to create a library of 3D panoramic imagery, from which measurements can be made.[7] A set of tools exists so that users can access this data through a flash application or a smart phone.[8]

An Earthmine SUV on San Pablo Avenue, in Berkeley, California.

In May, 2009, earthmine introduced "Wild Style City",[9] a web based model of San Francisco with surfaces where visitors can add graffiti to virtual walls.

In November, 2012 Nokia acquired Earthmine's map service.

Award[edit]

earthmine was the recipient of the 2007 Crunchie Award for "Best Technology Innovation/Achievement".[10][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Earthmine". Earthmine.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  2. ^ Forrest, Brady (August 1, 2008). "Earthmine: Imagery for a 3D Geoweb". Radar. O'Reilly Media. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  3. ^ Pattison, Kermit (May 27, 2008). "Just Around The Corner: The First 3D Map". Fast Company. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Mars Mapping Technology Brings Main Street to Life". NASA Tech Briefs. May 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  5. ^ Fortt, Jon (Jan 25, 2008). "Got cash? Let the bidding wars begin". Fortune Magazine. Time Warner. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  6. ^ "earthmine partner network". Earthmine.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  7. ^ "earthmine street level data". Earthmine.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  8. ^ Takahashi, Dean (October 5, 2009). "Earthmine enables 3-D mapping apps on iPhone and other smart phones". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  9. ^ Buskirk, Eliot Van (May 20, 2009). "Earthmine’s Virtual San Francisco Adds Graffiti, Bests Google". Epicenter. Wired. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 
  10. ^ "The Crunchies 2007 Winners". Crunchies2007.techcrunch.com. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  11. ^ Kopytoff, Verne (January 19, 2008). "I won a monkey". The Tech Chronicles. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-11-04. 

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