New Mind-Blowing 3D Mapping Technology for iPad [CES 2011]

New Mind-Blowing 3D Mapping Technology for iPad [CES 2011]

LAS VEGAS, CES 2011 — Check out this simply stunning 3D-mapping technology from Swedish-based C3 Technologies that elicited a uniform reaction of “holy %$*@!” from us when we saw it. One reason for its precision is that it was developed from recently declassified missile targeting technology originally developed by Swedish aerospace powerhouse Saab.

In the San Francisco map, each individual house has been rendered in 3D, and the SDK comes with both SF and London maps, with maps for other major cities available from C3 and more being added. C3 also has a companion streets-level application similar to Google’s SreetView.

Why is this new technology meaningful to the Apple world ? Because the tech has already been applied to the iPad (see vid clip of me playing around with the iPad’s version below), and is being released as an SDK for developers to use in navigation apps, social media, etc. We can’t wait.

New Mind-Blowing 3D Mapping Technology for iPad [CES 2011]

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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