3D mapping for war planning and Starbucks finding

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Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have devised a new way to make realistic three dimensional cityscape maps that show streets and buildings in painstaking detail.

Funded by the Pentagon, the project uses digital cameras and laser scanners, which measure distance. The pictures that could have wide-ranging uses, from video games to rescue operations. What’s new is the speed — images are created in hours rather than weeks or months.

Guest: U.C. Berkeley professor Avideh Zakhor

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