Thursday, December 15, 2016

Explore the World Through Gesture

A new experimental website from Google allows you to explore satellite imagery through finger or mouse gestures. Land Lines is an impressive demonstration of how machine learning can detect and recognize patterns in abstract imagery.

Land Lines includes two ways that you can interact with Google Maps satellite imagery. 'Draw' allows you to draw directly on your device's screen using your finger or mouse. After you draw a line the application instantly searches through thousands of satellite images from around the world to show you satellite images which contain similar patterns to your drawn line.

'Drag' allows you to drag a line around your devices' screen. As you drag the line up, down and around satellite images which match the dragged line are shown on your screen.

You can learn more about how Land Lines works on the Land Lines Case Study.

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