I rarely get very excited about new technologies, because most new technologies from large corporations are seemingly a lot of reshuffling and repackaging of old things, and sometimes a bunch of bug fixes long over due.
But Baidu’s 3D game-like pixelated 3D Map (map.baidu.com) of Chinese Cities has to be one of the coolest things I have seen in years. Much better than the 3D maps on Google, which are really just 2D maps plus some incomplete CAD drawing looking renderings. Gizmodo dubs it:
The result is amazing.
And Baidu did it, because they found a way to live with censorship laws, instead of merely complaining about them.
*Incidentally, US just published a “notorious pirate list”, naming Baidu as almost number 1, for “deep linking” to piracy sale material, and listing multiple Chinese locality and companies as pirate markets.
It also listed 10 top BitTorrent sites, acknowledging their massive piracy problems. However, barely mentioning that most of these are based in North American and Europe, and a few in Russia.
With Gizmodo calling:
C’mon America. Do this! USA! USA! USA!
Western journalist, get ready to report copy cat!