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Cute seats at this restaurant

by StreetViewFun.com on May.29, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Hi!

by sashafromdonetsk on May.28, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Look out!

by StreetViewFun.com on May.28, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA, Uncategorized

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Terrapattern, the search engine for imagery

by Timothy Whitehead on May.27, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

Terrapattern is a very interesting new online search engine for aerial and satellite imagery. It is still an alpha version and only covers a few cities in the US, but the potential is very significant. To try it out, just go to www.terrapattern.com, select a city, then select a map tile of interest and it will find other similar map tiles.


The baseball fields of New York.

We found it remarkably good for finding various types of sports fields (football fields, tennis courts, baseball fields, golf courses). We suggest also trying things like container storage areas, parking lots, junk yards, different types of roofs, etc. We found that if we selected a section of a bridge it could find other bridges as well as piers, but not with 100% accuracy. This is because, as explained in the FAQ, it works on individual tiles and large features like bridges, which cover many tiles, are less accurately recognised. We foresee, however, a future version working on different scales of detail to classify structures of different sizes.

It is open source, so if anyone has computing power and other necessary resources they can use the code for other parts of the world. We are not sure if explicit permission is required before using Google Maps imagery for something like this, so be sure to read the Geoguidelines before implementing such a project.

They are hardly the first to think of using image recognition on aerial and satellite imagery. For example, we have previously had a look at German design studio Onformative who applied face recognition to imagery with remarkable results. It is probable that all major map makers have considered the possibility of using imagery to identify features relevant to maps and highly likely that several companies have built systems to attempt to do this. If any of our readers knows of any such projects and how successful they have been, please let us know in the comments. Google has a sophisticated image recognition artificial intelligence (AI) that they use with photos to provide both Google image search and tagging capability in Google Photos. It is almost certain that they have tried it out at some point on satellite / aerial imagery too.

Read more about Terrapattern here.

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Look!

by sashafromdonetsk on May.27, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Take LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner anywhere

by Timothy Whitehead on May.26, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

Last week we talked about how American actor Shia LaBeouf had been tweeting a cryptic message using geographic coordinates that we expected would spell out “Take me anywhere”. It turns out that that guess was correct and that he meant it literally. Together with artists Nastja Säde Rönkkö & Luke Turner he will be tweeting a location where anyone can go and pick him up and take them anywhere. Once at a new destination, they will again tweet the coordinates and await a new lift. Follow their travels on this website.


takemeanywhere.vice.com

Read more about it here

Interestingly, the same three artists have previously collaborated in another art project involving taking a different kind of lift

Here is the full message Shia tweeted:




To see the above letters in Google Earth download this KML file.


 
 
A little known feature of Google Earth:

Select the folder of placemarks and then click the “Play Tour” button to see all the placemarks in a tour.

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Funny bus shelter

by Willi1 on May.26, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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Animating Lusaka, Zambia

by Timothy Whitehead on May.25, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

We were recently having a look at the historical imagery of Lusaka, Zambia, and we noticed that there is a lot of historical imagery for the last two years. There is an image nearly every week. Lots of historical imagery provides the ideal opportunity for animations, so here are two that we tried out.

The first animation uses about one image per month for two years. The idea was to try and show the changing of the seasons.

The second shows a shopping mall (East Park Mall) being built. It consists of 134 images captured almost weekly.



You can adjust the speed of the animations by dragging the slider below each animation.

It would be nice if Google Earth could do this sort of animation natively. It is possible to create a tour with historical imagery and we have in the past created tools to help do this. However, Google Earth cannot animate faster than about one image per second and that is really too slow for the above animations to look good. For comparison you can download the two tours here. Unless you have fast internet it could take a while for all the images to load and require a lot of download data.

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Snowing in Vermont causing problems

by StreetViewFun.com on May.25, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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3D imagery slow down?

by Timothy Whitehead on May.24, 2016, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

As our regular readers know we maintain a map of areas that have Google’s 3D imagery. We not only track current coverage but also have a timeline. Google has been adding to the area covered with 3D at a fairly consistent rate for the last two to three years. Increasingly, however, the 3D imagery additions are updates to previously existing areas rather than new coverage. These are much harder to track, so we do not know just how much has been updated in this manner. Over the past month or so almost every update has been an update to a previously existing area with only minor extensions and occasionally deletions (which we largely do not bother to track).


3D area covered in square kilometres.

So is this the new normal? Google has covered most of the major population centres in the regions where they are most active (the USA and Europe). Other parts of the world still have a few major cities outstanding (Cape Town, South Africa for example). Collecting and processing 3D imagery must be quite an expensive exercise, so it is unlikely Google will aim to cover all the areas in between cities even for the USA. It is a pity they haven’t yet got a way of showing the dates the imagery was collected and there is no ‘historical 3D imagery’ option, so frequent updates would be rather a waste unless they are significantly improving the quality with each refresh.

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