I can literally see my house from Google Earth, in a full 3D rendering. The last time I used the app, this was definitely not the case. It even renders the trees.
My favorite mapping tool, Mapbox GL JS, also supports 3D buildings on its awesome vector maps now.
Eventually we’ll have a completely scale model digital replica of the whole planet, complete with timelapse going back decades, if not centuries. With vast datapoints like these, augmented reality could give virtual reality a run for its money.
As I delve into exploring this and libraries tools like these and Three.js, I’ll be seeking ways to implement 3D into my storytelling.