Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Google Maps of the Week

Trip maps created with Go Pro Travelling now include some amazing animations that show the progress of a trip on a Google Map.

Every trip map created with the app is now automatically transformed into an animated map! Users can use the play and pause buttons to play back a trip, view the trip in chronological order or use numbered buttons to skip to any part of the journey.

The animations between the different stages are pretty amazing. Planes, cars and people fly, drive and walk across the Google Map creating stunning transitions between the different stages of the journey. The screenshot of Go Pro Travelling above doesn't really do the animations justice so check out this example of an animated trip map.

MIT has used the Google Maps API to create a Solar Tool that shows the solar potential of rooftops in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The map colors the rooftops of Cambridge buildings to help indicate the amount of solar energy that could be produced with solar panels. Users can click on individual buildings to see how much electricity can be produced from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, how the financial investment will pay off, and how much pollution will be reduced. 

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