The geographical web is growing a little bit more today, EveryScape, which we first covered in June, is launching in Boston, New York, Miami, and Aspen. On the face of it, their service is exactly the same as Google Streetview. EveryScape has driven around each of the cities creating full 360 degree panoramas. However, there’s one key twist — anyone can contribute. Contributions will help them go beyond other services and capture indoors scenes as well.
Earthmine has similar ambitions but is yet to launch.
EveryScape is looking for photo contributors and “scape artists” to contribute and filter content on their maps. Paid photographic contributors take the panoramic photos, “scapes”, that serve as the canvasses for embedded information contributed by users. Contributors range from “graffiti” artists who embed new information to paid professional photographers that take panoramas. There’s also a mid-range for paid amateurs, which lets anyone with a simple digital camera and an IPIX camera kit to take photos that EveryScape can convert into 3D panoramas.
Completed “scapes” look something like this hotel example. The page features a floor plan and 3D panoramas as part of a virtual tour for each room. Other users will be able to come through these “scapes” and embed more video or textual information from the web.
Slated to be the next big thing in 3D mapping? That’s what stealthy Berkeley, CA based company earthmine is hoping to be. Earthmine takes over where Google Street View and Microsoft Virtual Earth left off. Just like Google and Microsoft, earthmine sends out multiple cars with powerful cameras strapped to their roofs. However, unlike the other two, earthmine uses a stereoscopic system with wide angle lenses that allow them to capture fully spherical images of...