Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jun 2012 21:19 UTC
Google Google held its curious little Maps event today (and WWDC is right around the corner, surely a coincidence, is it not?), showing off some new stuff in maps. While digital maps are one big snore to me (old maps fascinate me to no end, though), they did have one cool thing to show off: full 3D mapping, which they're adding to Google Earth, also for mobile devices. It'll arrive over the coming weeks. The race is on: will Apple's 3D map thing arrive before, or after "the coming weeks"?
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No use for a 3d textured map on a phone
by dvhh on Thu 7th Jun 2012 05:20 UTC
dvhh
Member since:
2006-03-20

I think the level of information provided by 3d texture map, while cool looking, is an absolute mess in term of usability, because they don't provide extra information ( compared to stylized 3d model, or street view), Even for navigation, there is little chance that you would use this view in normal life ( except if we have our flying cars earlier than expected ).

I would say that Google (map division) is afraid of Apple, meaning it would be half baked.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

The worst is that standard multi-touch controls do not properly handle 3D rotations. They only deal well with zooming and rotations along an axis that is perpendicular to the screen.

So either this feature will be relatively useless, as users cannot really benefit from the extra depth, or software engineers will try to use nonstandard gestures (e.g. three-finger swipes) to handle 3D rotations and it might turn out to be a usability disaster instead ("Oh, great, I don't know how I did that, now how can I go back to a top view ?")

I'm not optimistic.

Edited 2012-06-07 14:21 UTC

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

There's always accelerometer / gyroscope, with which you can "look around" using the phone as a visor of sorts; like already in streetview.
Perhaps could map also to 3D map rotations.

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