Google Earth goes steampunk

I admit it, I love steampunk mods. If I had lots of spare time, and a little cash, I’d love to try my hand at creating a few cool gadgets myself. But in the meantime, I will have to be content to admire the handiwork of others, like the project John Knight is showing off at Maker Faire Detroit. Dubbed the “Electromagnetic Geospatial Globe and Remote View with Obligatory Goggles”, it’s Google Earth meets steampunk, with Google Earth running on a tablet, and controlled by the cool brass globe outfitted with RFID tags. Better than me trying to describe it, check out this video:

Via Gizmodo

Post-earthquake Haiti imagery now available in Google Earth

GeoEye passed over Haiti this morning, and the imagery has been provided to Google, with the resulting KML now available for download and viewing in Google Earth or you can see the imagery in Google Maps. You can also take a look at the imagery via the KML Viewer gadget embedded below. Other imaging satellites are scheduled to make passes over the area in the next few days, including QuickBird and WorldView-1 and WorldView-2, so more image data will be available to help map the disaster and plan relief efforts.

Via Google Lat Long Blog

Google Earth Enterprise 3.2 Released

The crew over on the Google Earth Enterprise have a new version to announce – 3.2.  The fellows over at Google have had a pretty busy week, what with the big OS announcement, not to mention the offical launch of much of their product line, so it’d be easy to miss this in the diluge of information.  However, this new version adds a lot of functionality to their product and it’s well worth checking out the blog for more information.  Look for a good interview with Dylan, the project lead on GEE, in a near future episode!

Google Says They’re Not the Bad Guys

The Sydney Morning Herald has an interesting article heavily quoting Google Earth’s project head John Hanke, “We’re not the bad guys.”  The article goes on to heavily quote Hanke concerning the issue, but the gist of it is that technology is morally neutral.  You can use it for good and bad things and it’s up to the end user to dictate the use.  We talked about that point quite a bit in this week’s podcast.  However, it think it’s pretty clear that nearly any technology can be used for both good and bad purposes.  If you deny the good based upon the bad, is the net benefit to the public better or worse?  It’s a tricky situation and has to be largely decided on a case by case basis, I think.  In the case of geospatial technology, sometimes even on a layer by layer basis.  Certainly the debate is interesting and I believe that geospatial professionals should keep it in the forefront in our thinking.

Google Ocean…?

PCPro in the UK is reporting that Google may unveil a new product in its family of mapping tools – Google Ocean!  The application would feature topographic layers of the ocean floor, underwater photos, and even points of interest like famous ship wrecks.  For those intreguied by the inner space, this should be great!  Now call me when someone makes the first Google Earth Pirates of the Ocean Text and Map Adventure Game (TM) 🙂

Earthscape Santa Tracker

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Last night I downloaded and started playing with the new Earthscape Santa Tracker. This free iPhone app builds on some of the basic features of the full Earthscape app by adding Santa’s planned route for Christmas Eve. The app also features holiday themed photos that have been submitted by users of the full app. Since the app is free you may want to grab it as a trial version of Earthscape to check out some of the features.

Midnight Madness in Google Earth

A while back I posted about the Chemical Brothers using Google Earth to create a global multimedia project by inviting fans to submit videos to help promote the release of their new album Brotherhood. Centered around the theme of Midnight Madness, a song on the record, the finished project is now available to view as a video on YouTube (I’ve embedded it below) or you can go to the Chemical Brothers’ site and get the KMZ to see the project in Google Earth. It’s a really cool video, and I hope we see more bands and artists taking advantage of the technology for projects like Midnight Madness.

Via PopCandy

EarthScape for iPhone/iPod Touch

I am supposed to be posting another interview right now, but I just bought and started playing with EarthScape Basic, a virtual globe program that runs on the iPhone and iPod Touch (and apparently som other mobiles as well). While there are quite a few features missing for a $9.99 app in my opinion (such as place name search and remembering layer preferences between uses) this app is simply impressive…I used the word WOW in my Tweet at least twice. The imagery and terrain streams and renders fairly quickly compared to what I expected and the touch navigation has already ruined desktop virtual globes for me in just a few minutes. The integration of town names and wikipedia links, even in this first version, make me hopeful for what is to come in future updates. Take a look at this YouTube video to see the interface and touch navigation.

Chemical Brothers and Google Earth make Midnight Madness

The Chemical Brothers are creating a cool global video project based on the theme “Midnight Madness”, using Google Earth and their fans worldwide to promote the release of their new album “Brotherhood”. Fans simply make a short video or a photo that relates to their favorite Chemical Brothers’ song and the theme, then head over to the group’s website and upload the video or photo and tag its location. You can submit your work up until Monday August 25th at 1pm GMT. Selected videos will be featured on Google Earth starting September 1st and on the Chemical Brothers’ YouTube channel, and will be used to create a music video.

So, if you’re a Chemical Brothers’ fan, get crackin’ and get those videos and photos submitted!

Via PopCandy