It just seems such a natural choice of application to take advantage of iPhone’s accelerometer and touchscreen capabilities. Earthscape mobile is a native iPhone application which is a 3D Earth application. This native iPhone application is been developed by Earthscape using iPhone’s SDK and they plan to release the native application via the Appstore.
Earthscape, the native iPhone application is developed by a Boulder-Colorado which seems like the iPhone version of Google Earth. However, this is not a rip-off of Google Earth but is the mobile version of their own virtual earth program which is described as a social geobrowser. To turn Earthscape mobile into a killer iPhone application, iPhone’s accelerometer and touchscreen capabilities were used.
Some views on the geobrowser: Earthscape’s geobrowser permits you to mark choice spots with stories, photos, travel tips, restaurant reviews, Wikipedia articles and other dynamic content. Different image overlays of the same spot can be seen during different seasons and different times in history such as toggling between summer and winter images of snow-capped mountains.
With iPhone version iPhone’s accelerometer is used so that the view of the 3D earth can be tilted and rotated while the touch screen is moved around and also zoomed into the geographic imagery.
The credit for discovering this iPhone application goes to Frank Taylor from Google Earth Blog who came across upon this app while attending “2008 Where 2.0” as there appears no information available yet about the native iPhone application on Earthscape’s website (I guess that would be because it still a demo version).
Frank noted that the demo version of the iPhone app was running locally and probably that was the reason why the image refresh were so impressive. Real geo-spatial information downloaded over Wi-Fi or 3G will be needed for the final version of the application which could ultimately affect performance. As the application would take a ton of bandwidth using the application over Edge would be out of the question.