Sunday, February 02, 2014

The Google Maps of the Week

Isochrone maps show travel times from a given location. Travel Time is a great example of an isochrone map created with the Google Maps API.

Travel Time allows users in four US cities to find out the travel times from any location in each of the cities. Click anywhere in Denver, San Francisco, Seattle or Boulder and you can view an isochrone map of the time it will take to travel anywhere in the city on the public transit system.

The map includes the option to include two points of origin, so that you can compare the travel times from both locations. It even includes an option to view the travel times for different days of the week and for different times of the day.

The Anti-Corruption Foundation are celebrating the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics with a Google Map identifying officials and businessmen who have turned the games into a handy source of income. The map allows users to discover the corruption behind the venues and infrastructure built for the games and the individuals who have profited.

The Champions of Corruption map categorizes the corruption into five 'different sports', 'Classic Embezzlement', 'Verbal Freestyle', 'Ecological Multi-Sport', 'Pair Contract' and 'Figure Lending'. The navigation buttons at the top of the map allow the user to navigate to and learn about the corruption behind the venues, view the overall corruption 'winners' and to view a breakdown of the overall cost of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Google has re-released it's popular LEGO and Google Maps application Build with Chrome. Build with Chrome lets you design and build your own creation with LEGO bricks and then place it on a Google Map of the world.

Build with Chrome has been around for a couple of years now. However until now your carefully constructed LEGO building was placed somewhere on a map of Australia. Build with Chrome has now gone worldwide.

If you just want to explore the creations already added to the map just click on the 'Explore All Builds' link on the home page and you will be taken to a Google Map, where you can browse all the LEGO buildings that have been created around the world.

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