X

EU Visitor Notice: This Website Uses Cookies

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, to provide analytical data to better serve our visitors, and to serve advertising to fund our operations. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy.

Your preference will be saved for 90 days, or until you clear your browser cookies.


I AGREE
I DISAGREE
Learn More
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Google Earth Using Homemade Images from Balloons and Kites

by Shane McGlaun
Advertisement

Google Earth gets the imagery it needs from multiple sources including aircraft and satellites. Google recently started adding images to its collection from other sources including less expensive balloons and kites. The new images Google Earth is using come from people like you and me using cheap systems for local aerial photography.

google_earth_baloons

Google says that friends at The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science have been working to devise a method of collecting the sort of imagery that’s cheap and easy to access for all people. The kit that the Public Laboratory came up with has been dubbed the balloon mapping toolkit.

It allows anyone to take their own aerial images using a cheap point-and-shoot digital camera and a few other items. The kit would cost about $100 including the balloon, helium, line, and other items needed. The Public Laboratory also has an online tool called MapKnitter that aligns the photos into a geo-referenced image that Google Earth can use.

[via Google Lat Long Blog]

Deals in The Technabob Shop



End Times

End Times

Mighty Vibe Spotify Player

Mighty Vibe Spotify Player

How the Squid Lost Its Shell

How the Squid Lost Its Shell

Advertisement
Ford Teases Mustangs for 2018 SEMA Show

Ford Teases Mustangs for 2018 SEMA Show

Jaguar Shows off How Its Electric Cars Will Make Sounds for Safety

Jaguar Shows off How Its Electric Cars Will Make Sounds for Safety

Bollinger Motors B2 Is a Boxy, All-electric Pickup Truck

Bollinger Motors B2 Is a Boxy, All-electric Pickup Truck