Month: April 2007
Glenn and TheMap Room are pimping the upcoming book The Geospatial Web: How Geobrowsers, Social Software and the Web 2.0 are Shaping the Network Society where Sue and I have a chapter (14). We had a chance to read a few of the other chapters in the editing process and there were some good reads. Chapter 1 is available as a sample chapter on the books website at http://www.geospatialweb.com. If we get more than 1 copy we will give one away on the podcast.
IPligence has posted a map of IP addresses around the world that shows the density of IP addresses (and to some degree the number of internet users) around the world.
Over on YouTube there is an interesting video that uses Google Earth to talk about the loss of caribou habitat in an interesting way.
We asked Avenza Systems a few questions about MAPublisher and Geographic Imager.
Sometime next year, NASA is planning to launch the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, which will focusing on mapping the moon’s surface in preparation for future human missions on the moon. It’s a pretty ambitious project, with 6 sensors on the satellite, that will capture not only high-resolution imagery, but also topography (through a laser altimeter instrument), surface temperatures, and hydrogen content on the lunar surface. The orbiter is scheduled to spend a year in a polar orbit collecting data, and data from the mission will be made available to the public after processing. The project has the potential to get some pretty amazing data sets, and NASA also hopes that it will be good experience for future planetary exploration missions.
The American Meterological Society was highlighting some of their online education opportunities at the AAG.
OK, it is fun to see a review of the Mio Digiwalker on InDigital video podcast Episode 15 (around 11:00 minutes), but really, it is the fact that Wil Wheaton (yes, Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: TNG) pronounces TeleAtlas as the
“…very best commercial mapping company in the universe…”
I would have to say that Wil is one of the few people who can make this distinction…especially if they used TeleAtlas data for navigating the USS Enterprise.
A week ago Friday, I saw that the fotowoosh site had gone live, and I haven’t had a chance to sit down and blog it until today. Licensing technology that was developed at Carnegie-Mellon, fotowoosh is similar to Photosynth, from Microsoft Research. fotowoosh will also allow you to generate 3D models from a 2D image, and the site currently features only demo videos from the alpha version, but there is a link to sign up for a beta invitation.
I am really looking forward to using these technologies (hopefully having 2 potentially competing products will spur both of them to try to get releases out sooner!), mainly because our research focuses on the representation of information in virtual environments, and some of the hardest work goes into developing the actual features of those environments, which often leaves little time and grant money left to do the really interesting work, which is to use the virtual landscapes as platforms for displaying and integrating other types of data. If we could have a tool, like fotowoosh or Photosynth, that could also us to generate the 3D models automatically from photos, then that would significantly reduce some of our development time.
And beyond that, the technology is just really cool! Now I guess we just wait and see who can get an actual beta up and running….