Thursday, June 05, 2014

You Really Need a Pub in the Sun

Wouldn't you like a refreshing tankard of ale in the summer sun? Of course you would. But first you need to find a pub that is in the sun.

What you need is Pints in the Sun. This very clever map will help you locate nearby bars. It also very handily provides a 3d map of the buildings in the area and shows you where the shade and sunlight will be at every minute of the day.

Pints in the Sun really is an amazing application. It uses building outline data from OpenStreetMap. three.js and SunCalc data to provide a very clever visualization of building shadows. I guarantee you will have a lot of fun just playing with the time slide control and watching the building shadows move during the course of a day.

The only thing that is really missing from this application is an aerial view option. I'd really like to be able to see whether a pub has a garden and then be able to find out when would be the best time to sit in that beer garden to get that all important pint in the sun.

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