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Santa’s Village at The North Pole – A Virtual Earth Christmas Experience

Microsoft Virtual Earth and MSNBC has build a more immersive 3D tracking mechanism for Santa and his reindeer, and also recreated a 3D version of Santa’s Village at The North Pole. If you’re low on the requirements for running Virtual Earth 3D on your computer, so you can see The North Pole in all it’s magic and glory in the movie below.

Technologies used to create this winter wonderland:

  • Virtual Earth AJAX Control – The Virtual Earth AJAX Control allows for developers to create immersive 2D and 3D map applications / experiences with a simple JavaScript programming model. 
  • trueSpace – trueSpace is a FREE 3D modeling kit for creating super high resolution models, like the ones you see at The North Pole, and placing them into Virtual Earth’s 3D.
  • Map Cruncher – Map Cruncher allows you to take your own photography or maps and overlay them in raster form over the Virtual Earth AJAX Control tile set. We used Map Cruncher for the North Pole atop which our models are resting.

And if you’re a 3D artist, you can submit your models to Caligari’s library and win the contest. 

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