Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Fun With Google Maps

The Street View Tricycle
The Google Maps team in Japan have been using the Street View cameras mounted on a three wheeled bike to access areas that the Street View cars cannot reach. The video below shows the Street View Tricycle in action and, it seems to suggest, some amazing Japanese temples are going to be appearing in Street View soon.

Google Maps Photo Collage

Matt Mutagh has created an amazing photo collage of Moseley in the UK. Matt then used CASA's Google Map Image Cutter to replace the Google Map tiles with his collage. The resulting map allows viewers to pan the image and zoom in on any detail.

Get a Free Chapter of Easy PHP
Jason Gilmore has just has had his book "Easy PHP Websites with the Zend Framework" published. Jason has made a few chapters freely available for download, including Chapter 9, "Integrating Google Maps".

This chapter teaches readers how to use the Google Maps API to integrate Google's mapping features into a website. Readers will also learn how to use the Google Geocoder to convert mailing addresses into latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates. In the second part of the chapter the Google Map API PHP library is introduced, which offers a great solution for interacting with Google's mapping service.

Did I mention, the chapter is free to download.

Map of Classic Car Museums
If you have a little free time this weekend why not visit a classic car museum? Autopendium, the classic car website, has created a directory of Car Museums around the world. All 150 museums are shown on a Google Map.

The museums can be filtered by country or by type. The Car Museums can also be downloaded as a kml file and viewed in Google Earth.


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