1 part Google Maps, 1 part MSN Virtual Earth, and a heaping helping of Flash. This is a great front end for all the data available through these new sites.
Always new ways to use aerial imagery.
Another hack found over at digg.com. It covers a limited number of cities but is a great idea…
This tool allows you to build custom Google Maps apps without knowing the intricacies of the Google Maps API. I didn’t test it, but the concept is great.
An interesting article on linking CCTV and 3D environments to support situational awareness.
For those of you interested in the cutting-edge tech-side of GIS and other geospatial technologies, the Call for Participation has gone out for the 2006 O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. According to the conference website:
“The O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference frames the ideas, projects, and technologies that the alpha geeks are thinking about, hacking on, and inventing right now into a coherent picture from which to extrapolate and upon which to start building. Expect much of what you see in early form here to show up in the products and services you’re taking for granted in the not-too-distant future.”
Here is the link:
Picked this link up from Digg.com. Another nifty Google Maps interface.
If you thought your parents had uncanny ways of knowing what you were up to, check out how parents in Canada can now monitor their kids’ locations in near real-time on a map using Bell Canada’s Seek & Find which uses the embedded GPS capability of their cell phones and the Internet.
OK, it is late I probably shouldn’t blog just before sleep, but I figured I would forget this link in the morning. The Digg submission linked below is a person who found clouds on the aerial imagery when they were on Google Maps. They don’t say whether they think this is good or bad, but being sleepy I am going to assume they were incredulous at the least. My problem with this? One contracts for US government agencies the company flying the data is required to have the images be 85-90% cloud free for an acceptable product…satellite imagery, you hope for 60-70% cloud free if you are looking for something in a certain time range (if you aren’t picky about when it is usually easier to find cloud free data). So a couple of clouds in a commercial product that has little to no orthorectification (though pretty good georectification) isn’t something I would find note worthy.
Well that isn’t true, it gave me a chance to share you lovely people why a cloud isn’t a big deal.
So follow the link to see the cloud (it is quite a nice cloud in fact). Clouds on Google Maps
Continuing my obsession is an article regarding NASA’s new instrument for capturing the martian surface. Please not that they talk about the number of pixels the instrument will collect at a time, but not what the spatial resolution of each pixel will be, which is actually more important for the end-user. The other important information, that could help us determine the spatial resolution of the imagery, is anticipated scale.