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 ).

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.

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.

Who invented Terravision?

At the center of the narrative are two German inventors who invented Terravision, an innovative virtual representation of Earth. However, a large corporate giant steals their algorithm, giving them neither credit nor money for their invention.

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 Google’s Terra vision a third party?

Google argued that the decisive mechanism of the display in Terra Vision had already been shown publicly by a third party even before the German patent was granted in 1995: there was evidence of a publication from 1994 given by an employee at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) about a geographic visualisation system called “SRI TerraVision”.

The show dramatizes the lawsuit that the Berlin company ART+COM filed against Google in 2014, when it claimed Google Earth infringed on its Terravision creation. So, who won in the Google Earth vs. Terravision lawsuit?

What happened to Google Terravision?

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. Müller accused Anderson of stealing his work and Terravision’s coding.

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 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 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.

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