Friday, May 26, 2006

You've never seen Google Maps like this

UBrowser lets you view Google Maps in 3D - I found a really cool browser app through the Random Good Stuff Blog yesterday and proceeded to spend about an hour turning my view of the Google Maps page into all sorts of things. With UBrowser you can turn flat webpages into cubes and balls, as well as make it animate into waves as you use it. The cool part is that all the Google Maps controls still work in this so you can zoom and move around the map while in this view. I took some snaps of the fun I was having down below. For fun, bring up the place you're from, switch to ball view and voila.. you've just turned your home town into its own planet! :) To have a play, head over to the UBrowser site, download the zip file and extract it to a folder on your computer. Then, bring up Google Maps and have some fun!



Google Cartography - Description directly from the page: "..Google Cartography uses the Google Search API to build a visual representation of the interconnectivity of streets in an area. This application takes a starting street and finds streets which intersect with it. Traversing the streets in a breadth-first manner, further intersections are discovered. Eventually a connected graph is produced showing the interconnectivity of streets flowing from the starting street." Example cities include New York City and Melbourne, Australia. It doesn't use Google Maps but does act as an interesting companion to using it. Check the "Give it a Try" section if you want to try to run this on a city of your choice. [Via Gridskipper]
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