DigitalGlobe just announced their plans to launch 2 new imaging satellites, WorldView I and WorldView II, with WorldView I scheduled to launch no later than 2006 and WorldView II no later than 2008.
While we were at the Podcasting Symposium last week, we heard a presentation from the guy from ITConversations, which is an online catalog for audio presentations. They mainly cover IT related conferences and speakers, but some of them are relevant to geospatial technologies, and they are adding new links every day. You can check out the ITConversations website
David Rumsey’s talk on “The Past and Future of Mapping” listed on ITConversations is available here
We here at VerySpatial have received our first honest to goodness press release! What is more, its for an actually useful product. Pixel742 generates distributable GeoTIFFs from Landsat bands 7, 4, & 2 to create a Natural color output. There is a demo but I haven’t plyed with it yet.
Once again, something cool for people in the UK. ViewRanger 1.0 is a mapping application for mobile phones that gives you a 3D landscape display as an interface for accessing local information, using downloadable Ordnance Survey maps. Right now, it only works with certain phones, but if I lived in Britain, I would definitely be checking this out.
Even if you don’t live there, take a look at the ViewRanger website here
via Press Release at SpatialNews.com
ESRI is serving an ArcWeb Services powered Hurricane Disaster viewer on its website. It offers a number of data layers from before the hurricanes, such as population density and imagery, and several layers related to post-hurricane conditions. There’s even a layer showing the US Postal Services closed service areas. Nothing earth-shattering, but pulls together GIS layers to go with imagery.
You can check out the Hurricane Disaster Viewer
It is true that Japan gets all of the great toys first, but sometimes I think it would be better not to know about them. Engadget provides a brief description of Pioneer’s Raku-Navi which combines an in car gps with a touch panel, a 30GB hard drive for holding your tunes, and can have a tv tuner and other add ons attached. This takes the new genre of multimedia GPS units to an extreme!
Reader Leszek emailed reguarding my previous post of open/free software to point out DigitalGrove. I hate to admit when I forget about things, but I did…I had completely forgotten about this great resource. This site has an extensive list of free data and software along with descriptions and comparisons of different geospatial technologies.
CNET posted their review of MSN Virtual Earth beta, which you can read here
Their review of Google Earth beta back in July can be found here
CNET gives Virtual Earth a plus for its trip planning and search features, but gives the edge to Google Earth in terms of the quality of satellite imagery features and coverage. Their concluding remark: “Travelers looking for local maps, driving routes, and businesses will like Virtual Earth, but students and casual browsers will prefer Google Earth.”
Whatever your beliefs on the global warming issue, the recent spate of articles on the melting of Arctic ice and the warming of the climate in Alaska seem pretty scary. Satellite imagery is being used to show that the Arctic ice cap is shrinking at an alarming rate.
You can check out the MSNBC.com article here
Here is another at the London Times Online