The race to develop an interactive 3 dimensional
map of the world is now in full swing with the Microsoft
Virtual Earth project and Google
The first attempts at this revolutionary concept utilising 3D triangulation
photography and CAD were first displayed online in a virtual reality
environment and produced by Craig Dunning in the late 1990s on this
You can see the original concept here
(you will need to install the old Cosmo VRML browser). Aerial photographs
and hundreds of street/skyscraper level images were utilised to
map the city of Sydney Australia. The project was dropped due to
lack of funding and interest at the time.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 6, 2008:
I have reclaimed my old domain vr-map.com and uploaded the original content from 1999-2000 there for posterity - for many years vr-map.com was the leading depository for the earliest 360 panoramic tours, a technology concept now seen on Google maps in 2008.
Stay tuned for our new project...