Thursday, April 07, 2005
Google Maps Have Satellite Overlays
Google Maps have implemented some of the Keyhole technology they recently acquired. Very exciting to see how mapping technology is evolving -- can't wait till they start mapping the Antipodes.
I mean seriously, WhereIs eat your heart out.
Posted by modius at 09:43 AM | Permalink
For years GIS have been seen as nice but not 'standard' IT. Interesting to now see "GIS fo the masses" and not a 'tradition' GIS company to be seen!
Posted by: David Whiterod on April 7, 2005 01:34 PM
i wouldn't exactly call what google does "GIS". it does what it does very well. but geez, you can't even measure distances or do zoombox zooms. because it uses pre-computed tiles, you can't even pan diagonally (NE,SE,NW,SW). heck it doesn't even do 1-click "old-school" zooms like the bad old cf arcIMS starterkit days ;-)
it also is bandwidth wasteful. while it might get a "gee whiz is that cool" for its left/right up/down panning, i'm not sure what to make of it when they finally do get global coverage and 1 billion people in china start hitting it w/28kb modems.
Posted by: PaulH on April 7, 2005 08:51 PM
A fun Google Maps satellite trick we discovered while playing with it at my office.
1. Load any US map location in Google Maps.
2. Zoom out pretty much all the way.
3. Switch to satellite overlay view.
3. Drag the map so your view moves toward the East
4. Keep dragging and you'll eventually see satellite images for much of the non-US world.... cool!
Unfortunatelly, you can't zoom in to anywhere near the level of detail the US satellite pics show, but it's fun nonetheless.
ps. One other fun time-waster with this is to zoom in on the satellite pics of major US airports. The detail is surprisingly good. In the Minneapolis/StPaul airport pics you can actually see a small passenger jet in mid-takeoff about half way down the northern-most runway. Maybe some of you find this boring, but I'm still amazed that these photos were taken from 30miles up.
Posted by: Michael Conger on April 8, 2005 12:43 AM