Darn you guys... so, you got me nuts with KAP AND photogrammetry... =)
Last summer I had this test project with a local golf club. I thought that it would make both visually interesting and useful to have a 3D model of the course lanes, instead of a static map. I know there's other approaches, like the visually stunning skyx.fi
360x180 degree virtual tours, but I think after the visual WOW effect, that doesn't have any real value for the golfer.
So, there I went to fly a kite, on the golf club. Took some photos, and made these demo versions, which are embedded in a client's web page. Sorry it might take some time for the model to load completely, I didn't optimize the textures in any way yet. Works with WebGL enabled browsers (most recent versions of each brand, practically) ("Yleiskuva" == general view, "Tiiausalue" == teeing ground)Course model with vector overlayCourse model with texture painted overlayAnother larger course
I left the free rotating possibility out, so that the user isn't confused, if not accustomed to rotating 3D objects with a mouse. So use the buttons over the model to change views.
I also marketed a possibility to produce "ortho-rectified" maps from these models, for print purposes.
The club CEO was interested and happy with the results, but still I couldn't get the discussion to proceed to actually making some deal with him. He was interested in helping to develop this further into something bigger, and had some ideas, but unfortunately I don't have the resources for it, since I already have a day job. And I didn't quite feel that much "pull" or "demand" at this point, that I would immediately quit my job and start a business. I tried to get some of my local business oriented friends together, and while also interested, they already had their own thing going on. So now this thing is just lingering as an idea and demo, and I don't quite know what should I do.
So, I'm asking you fellow KAPers, do you see potential in this kind of activity? What should I do, try to market this to some other golf club? Try to develop this into a platform? Or just go and fly a kite. ;)