Applications and Tools, Education in Virtual Worlds, Virtual World Platforms

Ancient Rome Virtually Reborn on Google Earth

Google Earth has added an ancient layer with the launch of virtual Rome. According to one report:

“The latest addition in Google’s product release frenzy graphically recreates Rome as it looked 1688 years ago under Emperor Constantine. Users can take a virtual stroll around 6700 buildings, crafted in 3D in cooperation with the Rome Reborn project – a virtual reality project that saw UCLA, the University of Virginia, the Politecnico di Milano and others create a 3D model of the city in 320AD.”

But the operative word, I think, is “stroll”. Because you can’t. You can cam. Strolling implies avatar, which implies that it really is a world rather than just a space. Which leaves the question: when will Google Earth get avatars?

Visit the Virtual Rome project Web site here.

Avatars visit a Second Life Sistine Chapel:

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