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Google earth resolution improvement coming soon

The search giant signed an exclusivity agreement with GeoEye under which it can use the GeoEye-1 satellite images whose resolution reaches 41 centimeters per pixel

The GEO EYE satellite
The GEO EYE satellite
Google signed an exclusivity agreement with the satellite imaging company GeoEye for the use of the GeoEye-1 satellite photos whose resolution reaches 41 centimeters, but it will probably have to lower the quality of the photos on its own initiative and settle for the minimum allowed by the American government - 50 centimeters. Most of the satellites currently used by the three competitors provide an image with a resolution of 60 centimeters and the color images are even at a resolution of 1.65 meters per pixel.

It's hard to believe that a total of two years have passed since Google Earth provided everyone with access to satellite imagery. At first it seemed like a disaster for the world's militaries when millions of people could scan images that were previously only available to businesses and contained military secrets. Google had to remove some of the secret installations in the photos. Some countries also tried to prevent their surfers from accessing the Google Earth service. But if military bases are hidden from the surfers, it would be difficult, for example, to prevent them from watching the destruction of villages in Darfur by the Sudanese authorities, or the construction of new military facilities in China.

The secret of the success of the online mapping systems depends on the level of visualization used to prepare it. Currently, the images used by the three competitors in the industry - Google, Microsoft and Yahoo - are more or less similar in terms of resolution. However, Google is about to change the balance and offer better images.

Currently, Google uses the satellite photos of the competitor DigitalGlobe, which the competitors also use. GeoEye's sharper photographs will be used by both Google Earth and Google Maps. Google will also place its logo on the launcher that will put GeoEye-1 into orbit.

On the same topic: the clearest view from space

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  1. No more than five years, and on average between one and three months in high priority areas, such as the United States.

  2. If so, unfortunately in recent years I haven't had the chance to play games except for spider solitaire during rush hours. But once there was a game with Lara Croft that I forgot the name of. This game made me do two things: 1) dizziness that lasted long even after I stopped messing with the game 2) a strange pleasure from submerging her in water and watching her suffocate in a dive.

    The second section is problematic on many levels, but it is not the point here. I also get the same feeling of "concussion" when I move my gaze inside Google Earth. It's very possible that I'm too close to the screen, although I'm at the usual distance as always. My eyes are very good and I don't have glasses (if Avi Bilizovsky hadn't read this I would have said "without the evil eye" but I don't want to argue with him so I don't say).

    In that case, after about 10 minutes I get nauseous and with every movement of my head there is severe dizziness. I have to lie down and it doesn't go away until I fall asleep and wake up. It can go on for hours later if I don't sleep. Very frustrating situation.

    The mechanism proposed here of a brain that does not deal well with XNUMXD and imaging that on the one hand distorts distances and on the other hand projects a XNUMXD image to the brain is a logical mechanism.
    Maybe one day someone will investigate the phenomenon. I guess I'm not the only one.

    Greetings friends
    Ami Bachar

  3. Don't worry, Michael, I was just kidding.
    In any case, as someone who knows how to watch a stereogram willingly, I know how the synchronization between the two eyes works, and that like everything in life (and according to the motto of the Matrix) everything is in the head and if you believe something exists, then it exists for you. Meaning, if you see a two-dimensional image and believe it is three-dimensional and stationary, you will find yourself spinning around the image and getting dizzy.

  4. The cool commenter:
    There are many ways to look at the phenomenon and in this case I don't think mocking is the right way.
    It is much more interesting to understand what it is about and try to deduce something from it about the way the human brain functions.
    I know, for example, that many people get dizzy from looking at a surface with an overly dense periodic pattern.
    This stems from the difficulty in associating the images obtained from both eyes to each other with no unique characteristic.
    This causes the brain to hesitate and get confused in estimating the distance.
    This case is different.
    Based on the little data I have, I tend to think that this is a problem that only arises when the image is moved too quickly, but I would appreciate it if Ami would expand the description of the problem and detail how it characterizes the difference between watching computer games or XNUMXD mapping software and watching a movie in a cinema or on television.
    It is possible that the problem also stems from being too close to the screen, but as mentioned, I would appreciate it if Ami could elaborate.

  5. Haha Ami.. I must point out that I know many people who have tried Google Earth and the only one who got dizzy is my grandmother 🙂
    Unfortunately, you fall into the category of grandmothers who turn off the computer by disconnecting the plug from the electricity..

  6. Dizziness from XNUMXD computer games??
    If so, there is a situation where you suffer from a phobia of open places (agoraphobia) or a phobia of closed places (claustrophobia)

  7. Military intelligence photographs do not encounter resolution problems. For the most part, there is no need for a very high resolution, since most of the targets are buildings or military equipment, so the resolution of Google Earth can certainly be sufficient (only in real time).

    Anyway, I remember the first time I saw this software in Germany. It was dreamy but after 3 minutes of playing with it it became clear to me that for some reason this three-dimensionality makes me dizzy and nauseous. Just like XNUMXD games in which I experimented a little and realized that I can't play them because it makes me dizzy. I know several other people who claim that they are unable to work in front of XNUMXD for the same reason. I hope that if the phenomenon is very widespread it can be corrected.

    Greetings friends,
    Ami Bachar

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