Google Yesterday announced the launch of Google Building Maker, a fun and simple (and crazy addictive, it turns out) tool for creating buildings for Google Earth.
Building Maker as a cross between Google Maps and a gigantic bin of building blocks. Basically, you pick a building and construct a model of it using aerial photos and simple 3D shapes – both of which Google provide. When you're done, Google take a look at your model. If it looks right, and if a better model doesn't already exist, Google add it to the 3D Buildings layer in Google Earth. You can make a whole building in a few minutes.
I am waiting for Mobile Phone Magazine from Google.
Building Maker early beta testers insist that Building Maker is more like a game than a tool. Check out this video to see Building Maker in action: