Thursday, July 26, 2007

Virtually Traveling to Cultural Sites

CyArk allows users to explore 3D representations of famous cultural sites all over the world (requires Java). The preferred geographical way to browse models is via the map. Many of the sites are ancient while others range from Medieval to Old (American) West. The navigation is a little confusing but nothing that one cannot handle. (Hat tip: Very Spatial)

There is more of a purpose to this than merely to impress. The geographers' hope is to integrate this technology into mapping and geographical related works like archaeology. 3D rendering can be used already with Google Sketchup to add objects to Google Earth. These modeling efforts help us visualize, understand, and imagine the world better.

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