Monday, August 17, 2009

Bhuvan from ISRO

ISRO has launched Google Earth equivalent called "Bhuvan" (see http://bhuvan.nrsc.gov.in/index.html). It provides several features such as
  • 2D and 3D visualizations
  • Fly to a place and 3D fly through
  • Various navigation options
  • Multi-layer (compared to single layer in Google Earth) and supposedly zoom up to 10 meters!!! Google Earth restricts at 100 meters.
  • Lots of custom 2D and 3D drawing options such as Polygons, Text, overlay of other 3D models, freehand marking, etc.
  • Updated every year unlike Google Earth.
Users need to register on this site and install an IE plug-in (.NET based), yuck! But, that's the only option at this time. I really do hope we will see other browser support without plug-ins. You should surely check it out.

I am impressed (and somewhat concerned) that they are giving views up to 10 meters! I really need to think twice before walking around on my terrace!


1 comment:

  1. This is definitely interesting. But the approach they are taking to render data will hinder the `adoption` by masses.

    On a sidenote, the Bhuvan homepage is spitting out its database connection details! Sending invitation to probable hackers!

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