Have you ever killed time on Google Earth? I do pass my time looking up cities all over the world which I don’t think I can afford to visit. One of the great features of Google Earth are the 3D buildings they have. This gives you a 3 dimensional birds eye view of monuments and famous buildings across the world.
A view of Mumbai with Google Earth
- With Google Building Maker you can choose a building from Google Earth’s interface and create a 3 dimensional model of it.
- It is quite simple. I needed to visit the Building Maker website. Sign in with my Google Id and select the city in which I wanted to create my 3D building.
- Building Maker comes with a host of shapes and sizes in 3D forms which can be called building blocks. Using 6 different pictures provided by Google a decent 3D model can be made.
- Once that is done, the 3D model is up for review and if it is good enough the model is included in Google Earth with credits. 😉
There are still some questions being asked on why someone would invest valuable time on Building Maker when there is not payout. Also some have dubbed building maker as a way for Google Earth to get their work done free. I have to agree with this notion as what might be just fun and entertaining for me and you might end up making short work of 3D mapping for Google Earth.
Here is a video which pretty much sums up Building Maker.