Globe components are useful within all kinds of apps, and some time ago I mentioned the open source WhirlyGlobe 3D interactive globe component that provides an interactive 3D globe along with the ability to add overlays to specific areas.
Recently I came across a different type of globe component known as Earth View that allows you to create a full 3D height mapped globe that uses Tile Map Service standard tiles and uses GLKit to render the map.
There were a few major issues when I initially found this library, but it looks like the components creator, Ross Anderson, has already cleared them up.
Included is a sample application in which you can zoom around.
Here’s a screenshot from the included example application showing the mountainous area around Vancouver, BC Canada:
Here’s a quick video of Earth View in action on the iPad:
Note: I’ve sped up the video considerably.
You can download the library and more details on Github here.
An interesting component – there are a few issues, but with some performance tweaking this could turn out to be a very useful library.
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