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Mapping the World in 3D Will Let Us Paint Streets With Augmented Reality


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Using augmented reality to fix a structure's location.

U.K. startup Scape offers a visual positioning service that uses global positioning systems and multiple camera images to localize users.

Credit: Scape

The U.K. startup Scape provides a visual positioning service that uses global positioning systems (GPS) and multiple camera images to localize users.

The company has collected more than 2 billion street images that allow it to map in three dimensions more than 100 cities.

Scape's algorithms extract "points of interest" from any image, compare it with the billions of images in its database, then use triangulation to infer the angle and distance from which the object was observed, returning its precise location to the end user.

Co-founder Edward Miller hopes the company's location services will become the underlying infrastructure for driverless cars, robotics, and AR services.

Said Miller, "Our end goal is a one-to-one map of the world covering everything."

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