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ART+COM Studios | Terravision
Terravision, 1994

Ter­rav­i­sion is a net­worked vir­tual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the earth based on satel­lite im­ages, aer­ial shots, al­ti­tude data and ar­chi­tec­tural data. It serves as an en­vi­ron­ment to or­gan­ise and ac­cess in­for­ma­tion spa­tially. Users can nav­i­gate seam­lessly from overviews of the earth to ex­tremely de­tailed ob­jects and build­ings.

Ad­di­tion­ally to the pho­to­re­al­is­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the earth, all kinds of spa­tial in­for­ma­tion-data are in­te­grated. Even his­tor­i­cal aer­ial shots and ar­chi­tec­tural data are of­fered in the sys­tem; this al­lows users to nav­i­gate not only spa­tially but also through time. All data are dis­trib­uted and net­worked and are streamed into the sys­tem ac­cord­ing to the user’s needs.

Ter­rav­i­sion was the first sys­tem to pro­vide a seam­less nav­i­ga­tion and vi­su­al­i­sa­tion in a mas­sively large spa­tial data en­vi­ron­ment. In order to nav­i­gate this data, three core com­po­nents were cre­ated as an in­ter­face: a large sphere ref­er­enc­ing the globe to pilot the planet; a 3D mouse to fly around; and a touch screen to in­ter­act with ob­jects on the vir­tual earth.

Ter­rav­i­sion is an isochro­nous re­al­i­sa­tion of Neal Stephen­son’s lit­er­ary idea in the novel “Snow Crash” as well as a pre­quel to Google Earth.

Deutsche Telekom Berkom GmbH sup­ported the re­search pro­ject.
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