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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.
Industry digital mapping surveying
Founded 2006
Headquarters 2390A Fourth Street, Berkeley, California, United States

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]


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.


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

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  1. ^ "About Earthmine". 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". Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  7. ^ "earthmine street level data". 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". 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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