Poly9 FreeEarth Introduces 3D Mapping to Garmin Communicator

Poly9 FreeEarth is a cross-browser, cross-platform 3D globe using Adobe Flash to provide a WOW-ing experience. Check out the site as they’ve got plenty of impressive demos of what they’ve done.

One such tool still in development there is Reading Tracks/Waypoints using Garmin Communicator. Here’s what it looks like so far:

FreeEarth

Notice the Communicator interface located above the globe. Yep, that’s right, you can view tracks and waypoints from your Garmin GPS device on this cool 3D globe!

Simply click on “Get Data” after the plugin finds your device and all tracks and waypoints will be read from your device:

FreeEarth

Then select the track or waypoint you want to see. Here are the results after some automated and some manual zooming:

FreeEarth

Perhaps the coolest part about this is being able to view and navigate the globe in full screen. To enable Full Screen mode, click the icon in the top right corner of the navigation area.

FreeEarth

Also in the navigation area is a vertical scrollbar for zooming, and a horizontal bar for tilting.

At this point I’m sure you’re eager to play with it so I’ll say no more.

2 thoughts on “Poly9 FreeEarth Introduces 3D Mapping to Garmin Communicator

  1. I really like the Poly9 FreeEarth site. I was wondering if it will incorporate higher resolution imagery? Also, when will this go live?

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