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C3 Technologies' 3D Maps Also Offer Street Views and Interior Views

Rumors have suggested that Apple has acquired 3D mapping firm C3 Technologies. While much of the early demos showed C3's ability to create realistic looking 3D maps, the company had also been working on both street view and interior views prior to their acquisition.


BrightSideOfTheNews reported in a January, 2011 article that the company was creating street level imagery as well using the same technology:
In addition to 3D maps, C3 also makes awesome street level imagery captured using "an advanced multiple camera system with overlapping viewing angles to capture the entire surroundings in stereo."
Beyond street level views, the company was also offering interior panoramas as shown in this early promotional photo:


SingularityHub noted how C3 created these interior shots:
As well as increasing its geographic range, C3 is expanding into interior settings. With a special camera rig, they can also create a 3D model of the interior of a building using the same photo stitching they use with their aerial or street level maps. Businesses have to request C3 to come in and create such an inside map of their facilities, so don’t expect these 3D indoor maps to become ubiquitous anytime soon. Still, the technology is ready and available, so we’re bound to see at least a few examples in the months ahead.
Obviously, both street-level work and interior shots are particularly resource intensive. In fact, the interior views are said to have required businesses to invite the company in to make create the images. It's not clear if Apple will use the technology to this degree when they release it. At a minimum, however, street view data would be required to make it match up feature for feature with Google's technology which presently powers iOS Maps.

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36 months ago


Google is a theif and the data mining devil.


That's funny coming from someone who lists an Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad in their signature.
Rating: 20 Votes
36 months ago
I'm only looking forward to this as I hate using Google for anything now.

I'm even changing search engine to get away from them.

Google is a theif and the data mining devil.
Rating: 15 Votes
36 months ago

I sure don't want them Seeing the inside of my house :o


Don't invite them to take pictures of the inside of your house.
Rating: 9 Votes
36 months ago
Schmidt says it sees Apple's voice assistant Siri as a "significant development" that could threaten Google's business. I wonder what Schmidt will say about this?
Rating: 8 Votes
36 months ago
I sure don't want them Seeing the inside of my house :o
Rating: 6 Votes
36 months ago

What company would invite someone making smartbomb targeting imagery to photograph their interior?!


they had already moved away from military uses by the time they launched this. :)

arn
Rating: 5 Votes
36 months ago
why are people so "blown away" by this? am i missing something? just seems like another company that is stepping into google maps territory. they do all of this already. all i care about is that the iphone gets a native navigation system or allows us to choose a default one to be integrated in to the os. maps app is useless beyond just searching for places.
Rating: 5 Votes
36 months ago
Another great acquisition by Apple. I still remember when they acquired FingerWorks, i.e., rights to use their multi-touch technologies in their products.
Rating: 5 Votes
36 months ago

How is this different to Google and Bing Maps?


It's different because Google and (to a lesser extent) Bing actually have some data to sit behind the pretty pictures.

Something that there's no evidence this company, Apple, or anyone who'd sell it to them does…

The logistics of something like this means that if you want to offer something even close to the ubiquity of Google Street View as it is now, you'll need at least three years of cars driving down streets everywhere. So if this is supposed to launch before 2014/2015, where are the cars? Where are the business databases on Google's scale?

Phazer
Rating: 4 Votes
36 months ago

Stop talking this pills Google give you! Of course Apple can and will release a far superior mapping system soon. Why would they want to continue to use anything from that steaming pile of IP stealing, data mining, continuous beta releasing folks at Google?


Do the Apple pills taste better?
Rating: 4 Votes

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