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Flight Charts on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jan 7, 2013

VFRMap is a Google Map of aeronautical charts for pilots in the United States. The map includes VFR and IFR aeronautical charts. The map can also be searched by 3 or 4-letter airport codes.

A drop-down menu at the top of the map provides access to the different map layers. At higher zoom levels small blue markers show the locations of
airports. When you click on a marker,
you can view the Airport / Facility Directory listing for the
corresponding airport.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/_kA3GJ5C5sU/flight-charts-on-google-maps.html

Cycling the Alps with Android

Category: Google Maps | Jan 7, 2013

Cycling the Alps is a great desktop app for cyclists interested in exploring the Alps. It is now also available in the Play Store for Android (and it also looks amazing on the Nexus 10).

The new Android app comes with all the excellent features that regular users have come to love in the desktop application. These include Google Earth Tours, interactive gradient profiles, Street View Tours and videos.

Get Cycling the Alps on Google Play.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/4CN8LqJGIy4/cycling-alps-with-android.html

360° Street View Paintings

Category: Google Maps | Jan 7, 2013

I am constantly amazed by the creative ways that developers use the Google Maps API. Almost every week I can come across Google Maps based applications that astound me with their inventiveness and then, once every blue moon, I come across a new application that is truly revolutionary.

The Metapanoramas Project is an amazing experiment that uses the Google Maps API to create 360° degree Street View paintings. It is a project which, in the words of the artist, “expands the two-dimensional limits of traditional painting”.

The perceiver of the artwork is not limited to the initial view that appears in front of their eyes. The paintings can be explored as you would explore a Google Maps Street View. You can pan around 360° degrees, you can pan up and view the sky and you can pan down to view the ground.

The write up for the project ends intriguingly with the artist’s thoughts about creating “a painted world which can be expanded in all directions”. Using the Google Maps API it is possible to link custom Street Views so that users can navigate from one panorama to another. So hopefully the Maetapanoramas Project may one day evolve into a fully realised painted world that users can walk around and explore in Street View.

Since its introduction Google Maps Street View has been a constant source of inspiration to artists. It has inspired traditional landscape artists. Such as those who participate in the the Virtual Paintout Project, who use Street View as the source reference for new works of art.

It has inspired artists like Jon Rafman, whose 9-Eyes Project is dedicated to collecting and collating images found on Google Maps Street View.

It has also featured prominently in the, usually digital, artefacts curated by the New Aesthetic blog, which explores how the way we look at and see the world is increasingly influenced by how the world is viewed and read by technology.

The Metapanoramas Project however seems to me to be something different to these other art projects. This project is not so much concerned with how the Street View camera captures the world and then shapes our visual perceptions but with how the technology can be used to express an individual artist’s own aesthetic.

Though using the technology of Street View the Metapanoramas Project has not merely created a new work of art but appears to have created a whole new medium for art. And, thanks to Malcolm McLuhan, we all know that the medium is the message.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/L2heYWPYwKE/360-street-view-paintings.html

The Google Maps of the Week

Category: Google Maps | Jan 6, 2013

The  wezzoo social weather application for iOS and Android allows users
to share the current weather conditions where ever they are. This means
that the wezzoo desktop Google Map shows the real-time weather
conditions throughout the world.

Users of the mobile app can submit a weather report and upload a photo
to accompany their weather report. The wezzoo social network also allows
users to follow other wezzoo members, either geographically to ensure
they get up-to-date nearby weather reports, or friends far away to keep
in touch with the weather conditions across the world.

Thanksgiving vs Blackfriday
is a nice Google Maps based visualisation of Twitter and Instagram
submissions mentioning Thanksgiving and Black Friday over the 2 days of
November 22 (Thanksgiving) and 23 (Black Friday) 2012 in New York City.

Thanksgiving related messages are displayed on the map with orange dots
and Black Friday messages are represented by black dots. Users can click
on the individual dot markers to view any of the submitted Twitter
message and Instagram photos.

Tripmii is a cool desktop application that can help you organise, save and share your vacation memories and photographs.

The Tripmii online travel diary allows you to map your trips with Google
Maps and create a full-screen slideshow of your holiday photographs. The
application includes extensive social networking features that allow
you to share your tripmii travel diary with all your friends.

Google Maps are used throughout the tripmii website. The homepage
includes a prominent map that allows the user to browse all public
tripmii travel diaries. Individual diaries also feature maps that show
all the destinations visited on a trip and the locations of submitted
photos.  

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/giVvrh2GTQ4/the-google-maps-of-week.html

Living Room Cams on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jan 4, 2013

I feel dirty.

I’ve just been watching live webcam footage of a young family whilst they eat their evening meal. The family have installed a TRENDnet home security cam.

For about a year now it has been fairly well known that insecure TRENDnet cams can be accessed online in real time. TrendNET has released firmware fixes that can make cams secure but the number of insecure cams is obviously very high, at least judging by the number of live feeds on this Cam Map.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/lFvbLuoFWQw/living-room-cams-on-google-maps.html

Friday Fun with Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jan 4, 2013

The Onion have exclusive news of Apple’s plans to fix the glitches in Apple Maps by rearranging the Earth.

Is it too late for a little magical Christmas fun on Street View? The Dorothy B Oven Park in Tallahassee is rather magical at this time of year.

One of the unexpected dangers of being a Google Street View car driver is the hazard of low flying planes.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/w7VNo2fAIFQ/friday-fun-with-google-maps.html

Fog on the Tracks

Category: Google Maps | Jan 4, 2013

The Indian Railways Fog Map allows train passengers to see where fog has affected the normal operation of trains, anywhere in the country, in the past 24 hours.

Travelers can quickly search the Google Map to find out if their train has been affected by fog, and even check out the exact sections of the route where the fog has caused delays. The map also displays each station within the fog-affected route, the details of which are displayed by a mouse-over.

If you click on the ‘Live’ button you can even view the live locations of all trains on the Indian railways in real-time.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/xACXaR0BlKU/fog-on-tracks.html

Create a Travel Diary with Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jan 3, 2013

Tripmii is a cool desktop application that can help you organise, save and share your vacation memories and photographs.

The Tripmii online travel diary allows you to map your trips with Google Maps and create a fullscreen slideshow of your holiday photographs. The application includes extensive social networking features that allow you to share your tripmii travel diary with all your friends.

Google Maps are used throughout the tripmii website. The homepage includes a prominent map that allows the user to browse all public tripmii travel diaries. Individual diaries also feature maps that show all the destinations visited on a trip and the locations of submitted photos. 

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/sm7XrZfJe_Y/create-travel-diary-with-google-maps.html

Spanish Recycling Centres on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | Jan 3, 2013

Puntolimpio is a Google Map showing locations where citizens can dispose of environmentally hazardous materials in Spain.

The map shows the locations of municipal recycling centres for materials such as such as paint, batteries, and electrical appliances. Users can search the map by region and town or enter a post code to find their nearest recycling centres.

If the user selects a recycling centre’s marker on the map they can view the centre’s address and telephone number and also get driving directions.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/pQ7Q4wYZ1ls/spanish-recycling-centres-on-google-maps.html

Google Maps Gets the Green Light

Category: Google Maps | Jan 3, 2013


Traffic lights were first introduced on the streets of Amsterdam in 1932, when a set of lights was installed on the Leidseplein in the centre of the city. In 2012 the number of traffic lights in Amsterdam has grown into the hundreds.

The History of Traffic Lights in Amsterdam is a Google Map that shows how the number of traffic lights has grown and spread out across Amsterdam since those first set of lights started controlling the traffic in 1932. The map sidebar includes a number of radio buttons that allow the user to view where traffic lights were installed in the city in successive decades from the 1930’s.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/94tpxvM5RXU/google-maps-gets-green-light.html