X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

LEGO Google Street View Car Gets a Makeover

by Range
Advertisement

Mark Crosbie’s original LEGO Street View Car didn’t look as car-like as he wanted, which is why he decided to rebuilt it over the past few months into this new version, using only LEGO Mindstorms NXT motors. The new version also packs an iPhone.

lego google mark crosbie street view car remote control iphone

Images are captured by the iPhone and automatically uploaded to Mark’s iOS5-enabled PhotoStream. As the vehicle drives and captures images, GPS coordinates are recorded using a Dexter Industries dGPS sensor. This creates a KML file, which is then sent to a PC when the car is in Wi-Fi range. When the file is opened in Google Earth, it shows the path that the car drove, including placemarks for every picture that was taken along the way.

lego google mark crosbie street view car remote control iphone

Mark uses an app called SoundSnap which triggers the camera whenever the NXT plays a loud sound from its speaker. Eventually, Mark hopes to eliminate this analog step and go with a direct Bluetooth trigger.

I wonder what else Mark’s next version of his LEGO Streetview Car will do. It will probably be even more automated, since there are still a few manual steps involved in generating the Google Earth map.

lego google mark crosbie street view car remote control iphone

[via Make:]

Hot Deals in the Technabob Shop:



More from Awesomer Media...

The Snow Girl

The Snow Girl

Nike Air Zoom Talaria Mid Premium

Nike Air Zoom Talaria Mid Premium

Honda Civic Type-R “Close to Production”

Honda Civic Type-R “Close to Production”

Mike Tyson Owned Ferrari F50 Heads to Auction

Mike Tyson Owned Ferrari F50 Heads to Auction

Star Wars Black Series Poe Dameron Helmet Replica

Star Wars Black Series Poe Dameron Helmet Replica

Odds Makers Favor Tilda Swinton as the Next Doctor

Odds Makers Favor Tilda Swinton as the Next Doctor

Advertisement