You may remember Flight Simulator — Microsoft’s video game from 1982 through 2006.
If so, forget what you remember.
The brand-new iteration uses satellite imagery from around the world. It applies algorithms to detect where buildings should be, and creates 3-dimensional models of them. Users fly over their neighborhood. and can actually recognize buildings.
The other day, Nicholas Weiner strapped himself into the virtual cockpit. Here’s what he saw: Staples High School, the athletic fields to the east, and Bedford Middle School to the north.
Click on or hover over to enlarge. Enjoy the view!