Geography 970

April 4, 2010

Twitter 3D Global Map: Preliminary Result

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fei Du @ 9:24 pm

I decided to use Processing instead of Blender to realize the 3D version of twitter connection map since the syntax of Processing is more like Java with which I’m familiar. Another reason is that I’m really fascinated about many visualizations created by Processing.

A nice thing is Processing can create both animation and interactive applications.

This animation is a preliminary result. It is a little bit large (41MB) in size, but it does show the basic functions: rendering connection along the earth surface, rendering 3D parabola path, rotaing and focusing, hiding the virtual globe.

My plan for next step is to implement glowing effect for the lines.

(click the picture to download the animation)

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