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02-14-2008, 10:40 AM
August 2007

In the News

NASA Releases New Photosynth Collection of Endeavour
On Aug. 5, Microsoft® Live Labs announced an alliance with NASA to use Photosynth™ technology to create 3-D environments of space shuttle Endeavour and surrounding buildings at Kennedy Space Center in Florida before the shuttle’s launch day. For the first time, viewers can experience unprecedented views of shuttle Endeavour on the launchpad, the interior and surrounding area of the Vehicle Assembly Building, and the return of the previous flight of shuttle Atlantis atop a 747. Photosynth is able to capture the depth and complexity of the shuttle’s structure, providing exclusive images to viewers around the world and giving them the unique ability to explore this NASA mission. The four shuttle Endeavour collections can be viewed at Photosynth Technology Preview (http://media.labs.live.com/photosynth/NASA/default.htm). A video demo can be viewed at Microsoft Live Labs: Photosynth - Video (http://labs.live.com/photosynth/video.html).

Recent Updates - Microsoft Virtual Earth

Recent Publishing of Aerial Imagery
Over the last few weeks, the Virtual Earth imagery team released several aerial imagery updates globally. In the United States, much of the data fills out outlying areas around cities where the Virtual Earth team has previously published super-high-resolution imagery from 3Di Technologies with imagery from GlobeXplorer LLC. For Paris, very high-quality aerial imagery is available to view in Virtual Earth from Interatlas, and level 18 imagery in Japan was refreshed. The team also updated a large amount of 1M satellite imagery from GeoEye around the world. More information is available at the team blog at Virtual Earth / Live Maps (http://virtualearth.spaces.live.com).

Virtual Earth-Based Demographic Visualization Demo
On Aug. 24, IDV Solutions, a Microsoft Virtual Earth partner, launched its Demographic Visualization Demo. With this release, IDV continues to provide impressive and innovative solutions for integrating Microsoft's Virtual Earth and IDV's Visual Fusion Suite offerings. Until now, demos of these solutions have not been readily available to the general public. More information on the Demographic Visualization Demo is available at http://virtualearth4gov.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!369B39F890CE30C1!475.entry.

Recent Updates - Live Search Maps

Live Search Maps Introduces New 3-D and Bird’s-Eye View Cities
This August, Live Search Maps announced the availability of new 3-D cities and 105 new bird’s-eye views. With this update, more than 15.65 terabytes of imagery have become available to Virtual Earth platform customers around the world. Two of the new 3-D cities include Montreal, Canada, and Toulouse, France, and the bird’s-eye updates included cities in both the United States and Europe. For European cities, the highest resolution of aerial imagery that Microsoft offers is available online and includes coverage of some of the most famous landmarks in the world, such as the Parthenon in Athens. A detailed list of cities with updated bird’s-eye views is located on the team blog at Virtual Earth / Live Maps (http://virtualearth.spaces.live.com).