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earthmine inc. is a street level, 3D mapping company that provides software and data as a service to those who gather, analyze and communicate location-based information from a street-level perspective. The company is focused on indexing reality, creating a robust geospatial data mine of urban environments that is accessed from the human perspective. earthmine solutions enable better informed and more effective geospatial decision making by delivering a highly accurate and realistic user experience that can be easily viewed, annotated, analyzed, measured and shared. The company, headquartered in Berkeley, California, was founded in 2006 and is privately-held.
Slated to be the next big thing in 3D mapping? That’s what stealthy Berkeley, CA based company earthmine is hoping to be. Earthmine takes over where Google Street View and Microsoft Virtual Earth left off. Just like Google and Microsoft, earthmine sends out multiple cars with powerful cameras strapped to their roofs. However, unlike the other two, earthmine uses a stereoscopic system with wide angle lenses that allow them to capture fully spherical images of the surrounding environment. The images gathered are extremely rich with data. So clear, in fact, that they will be able to be accurately measured despite the perspective issues that arise from creating three dimensional images on a two dimensional screen. Photosynth and Everyscape are two innovators in this space, but do not intend to map the world.Although many of the existing map products are consumer based, earthmine plans to look for enterprise clients. The quality of data put out by eathmine’s cameras will supposedly be perfectly suited for government agencies, insurance companies, real estate planners, and architecture firms, as well as many others. Such robust 3D maps will be able to serve as accurate representations of real places. Co-founder Ristevski analogizes his product as SketchUp for the real world.In December of 2007, earthmine announced an agreement with CalTech, which allows the company to utilize software and algorithms created by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and utilized on the Mars Exploration Rover.
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