[photopress:beinjing3dmap.jpg,full,alignright]First of all know that the technology exists and works on many other sites. Also know that you are being slightly misled by the term 3D because what you are seeing is not truly three dimensional but the sort of three dimensional effect that you see in computer games. Nevertheless it can be immensely effective in showing the attractions of a place.
Overseas tourists to China may, through this technology (which needs them to add nothing to their computer and still use a normal screen) get a walkthrough preview of their destinations before setting foot in China.
An online map will offer them a look at the attractions they will be seeing in the country. They will be able to ‘walk’ in the streets in a city like Shanghai, look around, or up and down, as in a three-dimensional first-person computer game with real street-side views.
A Shanghai-based Website will have a streetside view of Shanghai and Beijing on its server, using the panoramic photographing technology with which it intends to offer users a virtual tour of the two cities. The views available so far are very limited but show the idea.
It plans to launch 3D views for 20 more Chinese cities this year. The view it will offer is like that of Microsoft Live Local, but the site owners said the difference lies in the panorama view it creates at a certain point.
Source: China Daily
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