Terra vision

terra vision

What is Terravision?

Terravision is a 3D mapping software developed in 1993 by the German company ART+COM in Berlin as a networked virtual representation of the earth based on satellite images, aerial shots, altitude data and architectural data. Development of the project was supported by the Deutsche Post (now Deutsche Telekom ).

What happened to Terravision?

But in the end, the company refused to buy or license Terravision. They built their own software without paying the original developers. Brian Anderson stole the algorithms and the credits, and Terravision didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. The outcome flamed disputes between long-time buddies Juri and Carsten.

What happened to the Terra vision patent?

The US patent on Terra Vision by Art+Com has been declared invalid, and the underlying German patent has of course long since expired due to the passage of 20 years. It is remarkable that Netflix is now helping to bring this event to renewed public attention.

Is Terravision a prequel to Google Earth?

Because Terravision was the first system to provide a seamless web navigation and visualization of the earth in a massively large spatial data environment, Joachim Sauter called it a prequel to Google Earth.

Is Terravision a prequel to Google Earth?

Because Terravision was the first system to provide a seamless web navigation and visualization of the earth in a massively large spatial data environment, Joachim Sauter called it a prequel to Google Earth.

Is Terravision the future of the Internet?

Pointing far ahead into the future of the internet, Terravision is an isochronous realisation of Neal Stephenson’s literary idea in the novel “Snow Crash” as well as a prequel to Google Earth. Deutsche Telekom Berkom GmbH supported the research project.

Is Terravision based on a true story?

Thalheim says that the miniseries represents a “new beginning” for the real-life people behind the Terravision technology—including Axel Schmidt, Pavel Mayer, and Gerd Grueneis. “They didn’t come to us, saying: ‘Please tell our story,’” Thalheim told Variety.

What happened to ART+COMs patent on Terravision?

In May 2016, the jury of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware found, that a Stanford Research Institute (SRI) geographical visualization system known as SRI TerraVision was used earlier than Terravision. In October 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed that decision and invalidated Art+Coms patent.

What happened to Terra vision?

It was a resounding success. But during a trip to Silicon Valley, the source code for Terra Vision fell into the wrong hands — and in 2005 Google, by then a tech giant, suddenly released Google Earth. The two developers from Germany felt that Google had stolen their idea — leading to a David vs. Goliath court case. Overtaken by a tech giant

Did Google Earth steal Terra vision?

But during a trip to Silicon Valley, the source code for Terra Vision fell into the wrong hands — and in 2005 Google, by then a tech giant, suddenly released Google Earth. The two developers from Germany felt that Google had stolen their idea — leading to a David vs. Goliath court case. Overtaken by a tech giant

What happened to ART+COMs patent on Terravision?

In May 2016, the jury of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware found, that a Stanford Research Institute (SRI) geographical visualization system known as SRI TerraVision was used earlier than Terravision. In October 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed that decision and invalidated Art+Coms patent.

Was Terravision ever released to the public?

With no-one willing to invest in their idea, Terravision was never released to the general public. Meanwhile, the inventors heard Anderson and Google had united to launch Google Earth. In 2005, Anderson developed a demo program that seemed to replicate Terravision.

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