Explore cities in 3D with Nokia City Scene for the Nokia N9Tue, 2011-10-25 16:20
Have you used your phone to find where a coffee shop is or where your friends are? Well now you can take that to street level using Nokia City Scene on your Nokia N9!
We combine Navteq drive imagery, 3D building models as well as terrain data, and used laser rangefinder data (LiDAR) to align everything. The result is an N9 application that allows you to search and explore point of interest data from Nokia databases spiced up with check-in data from Foursquare and Facebook.
We see it as a natural extension of maps that brings new ways of interacting with location: finding what a building contains with a click, or showing information on building facades including any checked-in friends that might be inside. The 3D visual environment aims to be more natural than conventional ways of displaying location on phones. Seeing how places look from the street helps you remember if you've been there, or recognize them when you arrive.
In the first phase we cover about a dozen cities in the U.S. but the number will increase steadily as Navteq completes more drives. First European cities should be available soon as well.
- Tuomas, Nokia City Scene team