Earth 2, a futuristic metaverse launches HoloBuildings

Create, edit, and select polygons using Mapbox GL-JS and GL-Draw APIs

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Aug 2, 2021

Earth 2, a futuristic metaverse launches HoloBuildings

Create, edit, and select polygons using Mapbox GL-JS and GL-Draw APIs

Venkat B

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Aug 2, 2021

Earth2.io is a futuristic concept for a second earth. It provides users the possibility of buying, selling, and/or bidding on virtual land. Their users can step into this new world and can make it their own. Earth2.io, recently launched new maps and heatmaps, all using MTS (Mapbox Tiling Service) at its core. Earth2 leverages Mapbox’s GL JS and our latest satellite imagery as well as our Temporary Geocoding API to power user’s searches for tiles to buy on Earth2. Users claim their properties by posting their home country flag on the tiles they have purchased.

Satellite maps and heatmaps view

The new release of Holobuildings takes advantage of Mapbox mapbox-gl-draw API for drawing polygon vertices directly on the map and Mapbox fill-extrusion layer type to specify the height and base height of a polygon feature.

“It was a positive and productive experience working not only with Mapbox’s impressive tech but also with the people behind it. We are glad to have Mapbox as a partner!” - says Sergiu, Earth2.io Holobuildings Developer

What are Earth2 Holobuildings?

Holobuildings are holograms of buildings. They serve several purposes, it lets Earth2 members plan their layouts for the properties they have acquired on Earth2, create futuristic buildings, build megacities and fantasy lands. 

In this first release, Earth2 members will be able to create blueprints, save, edit and delete them. 

Holobuildings Blueprint

Inside the Holobuildings editor is where all the magic happens. There is an option to toggle between Map view, Satellite view, and 3D view. The members can also enter search strings to move the camera to any location, including their own properties.

Searching inside Holobuildings editor

Earth2 members have the option to create a new blueprint or edit an existing blueprint. The editor uses mapbox-gl-draw API to let the members draw polygons, and rectangles on the map. The polygons can also be unified, intersected, merged, and deleted in the drawing mode. This gives their members the ability to create complex models using polygons. 

Holobuildings editor in action

Using the Holobuildings editor, Earth 2 members are not just limited to creating blueprints, but they can also make modifications to the existing blueprints. While in edit mode, members can select vertices and extrude polygons. They can also control the scaling & rotation of the polygons and edit their vertices. In the background, it uses fill-extrusion style layer's fill-extrusion-height, fill-extrusion-base, and fill-extrusion-color paint properties.

Editing Holobuildings Blueprint

Take a look at what Earth2 members have created using the Holobuildings editor,

Image by: Karlomartinez, Earth2 user
Image by: Concepts StarCity 2, Earth2 user
Image by: Karlomartinez, Earth2 user
Image by: Royz Concepts StarCity, Earth2 user
Image by: Mega16TopTracker, Earth2 user
Image by: Hodoo Maru, Limda214, Earth2 user

The engineering team at Earth2 has used Mapbox’s technology brilliantly and took the concept of metaverse to a whole new level. We’re continuing to support some exciting upcoming releases with the Earth 2 team. Check out the new holobuildings at earth2.io by becoming an Earth2 member.

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