I was a bit surprised to discover that a new season of Parts Unknown will start this weekend. Since, you know, the leading man Anthony Bourdain is unfortunately not with us anymore.
Posts in category ”Digital maps”
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Google Street View and similar techniques are mainstream by now, and recently the Swedish site hitta.se was extended with a 3D view. By running a simple Java applet in your browser, you can zoom, pan and rotate the city while exploring street turns and roof constellations.
Three years ago I wrote about how some guys drove around in San Francisco, shooting millions of street-level photos with geolocations. With a bit of Ajax you could explore the city online and maybe even do some window-shopping.
Google has recently updated Google Maps with a street view mode. Just drag a little yellow icon along the streets and there will be street-level photographs for that spot. I just checked a few of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco, and they’re still there.
The world of mashups didn’t stop at the infamous projects HousingMaps or Chicago crime map. It goes on and on with stuff such as Weatherbonk and the Where to go travel map.
For all of you who share my love for both Manhattan and digital maps, I want direct your attention to Jason Kottke’s latest project called Manhattan Elsewhere.
I’ve been playing around a bit with the April CTP release of Atlas, Microsoft’s upcoming framework for Ajax applications. I’ve done a small live demonstration with ASP.NET 2.0 which show a basic map display with pinpointed locations.
The map war between Google and Microsoft has recently gone full throttle. In response to Google Maps, today Microsoft launched Virtual Earth. In standard software tradition they “happened” to delete the Apple headquarter from the map.