Posts Tagged ‘maps’

Google Maps is Officially Out of This World, Will Let You Explore the Moon and Mars

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In honor of the Mars Curiosity Rover celebrating its second year on the martian surface, Google has released an incredible little resource into Google Maps. Now, you will be able to more thoroughly explore the surface of the moon and Mars than has ever been capable before. All from the confines of your seat.

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Google is Loaning Out Its Trekker Street View Camera Backpacks

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Google has had no issues expanding street view to some pretty amazing places. Thanks in large part to the company’s trekker backpacks, we can now visit the Grand Canyon, explore Central Park and check out the view from the world’s tallest peaks.

But the company isn’t above asking others to help expand the “off-road” street view repertoire, and so Google is announcing plans to loan out those expensive Trekkers to worthy third party organizations. Read more…

Handmade Diorama Maps Created Using Thousands of Printed Photos

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What you see above is a “map” of Paris created by collaging thousands of photographs shot in the city. It’s just one of the amazing pieces in Japanese photographer Sohei Nishino‘s Diorama Map project. The series contains maps of many of the world’s most famous cities, and all of them are photographed and collaged by hand.
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Flickr Tag Maps Reveal the Most Popular Photo Subjects Across Cities

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What are the most popular photo subjects in each location of your city? Is there any easy way of finding out? Those are questions UC Berkeley researcher Alexander Dunkel is trying to answer, and he has his sights set on Flickr as a possible solution. By combining the location geotags and context tags attached to many (or most) of the service’s photos, Dunkel is able to create tag cloud-style maps of any location that reveals the tags that dominate each location.
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Photographer Visits Every Dot on the Map of North Dakota and Snaps 9,000+ Photos

A decade ago, photographer Andrew Filer obtained the most detailed map of North Dakota he could find, and began a project of documenting the towns on it. Not just some of the towns, but every single named dot on the map. After years of dedicated work, Filer succeeded in photographing the entire state. He ended up visiting over 850 different locations and snapping 9,308 photographs.
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Flickr Partners with Nokia to Beef Up Maps and Geotagging

Flickr announced today that it has partnered with Nokia to overhaul its geotagging feature. The new maps and satellite images will offer increased coverage (e.g. bye bye photos in ambiguous blobs of land), detail, and zoom. The company isn’t turning its back on Open Street Map completely, though: the old map tiles will still be used in areas that aren’t covered by Nokia’s commercial maps.

(via Flickr Blog via Engadget)

MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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Sightseeing Heatmap of Popular Photo Spots Around the World

Curious about where people like to take pictures in your part of the world? Sightsmap is a simple Google Map app that takes geo data from the photos uploaded to Panoramio (now a Google service) and uses it to generate a heatmap.

A Crowdsourced Photographic Map of the World through Time

Google Street View is neat in that it allows you to step into far away places through street-level photographs, but it’s missing the fourth dimension: time. WhatWasThere is an awesome project that aims to combine the element of time with a photographic map of the world. The map includes both modern day and historical imagery, and users can contribute their photographs by tagging them with a date and a time. The site even lets you switch to Google’s Street View and overlay historical photos onto their present day images!

WhatWasThere (via Laughing Squid)

Cameras Sculpted Using Found Paper

Artist Jennifer Collier uses found and recycled paper as if it were fabric to recreate common household objects, including cameras! Here are a few that were made using maps, postcards, and letters.
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Beautiful Heat Maps of Flickr Photographs and Twitter Tweets

Last year map geek Eric Fischer created heat maps showing where Flickr photos are taken in large cities and comparing tourist vs. local hotspots. Now he’s back again with beautiful maps showing geotagged Flickr photos and Twitter Tweets, and the maps aren’t limited to cities — there’s maps for continents (see North America above) and even the whole world! The orange dots show photos, the blue ones indicate Tweets, and a white one means both were found in that location.
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