Friday, July 25, 2008

Some Friday Google Maps Fun

Live Video on Google Earth
Sentinel AVE LLC have developed a system to play live CCTV footage on top of what looks like Google Earth. Here is a very brief demo video. There are more videos on Sentinel's website.

Both the Google Earth Blog and Ogle Earth have interesting detailed posts on this story.

The Worst Building in the History of Mankind
Ryugyong Hotel
The Ryugyong Hotel in Google Maps satellite view and in the GE browser

Dubbed by Esquire magazine as "the worst building in the history of mankind," the 105-storey Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea is back under construction after a 16-year lull. It will cost up to $2 billion to finish the Ryugyong Hotel and make it safe. That is equivalent to about 10 percent of the North's annual economic output.

Via: Mibazaar

More Ugly Buildings in 3D
Inspired by the Ryungyong Hotel I decided to create a map of some of the World's Ugliest Buildings using the new Google Earth Browser plug-in. The buildings are taken from lists compiled by Forbes, the BBC and Gridskipper.

More Coffee Maps
My Starbucks Closures Map from last week seems to have started off a trend. Here is a World Coffee Prices Map based on a list by Forbes. I can't believe some of the prices quoted on this map!

The Largest Compass Rose in the World
large compass rose
Painted on the bed of an enormous dry lake at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Centre in California is this huge compass rose. Apparently it is used by pilots for calibrating heading indicators.

Via: Deputy Dog

The New York Times And Google Maps
50% of The New York Times travel pages have Google Maps. (I could be stretching the definition of 'fun' a little here)
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