Links: DIY GPS, aerial imagery; Open Web Analytics does KML

  • A project for the brave (or foolhardy) among us: DIY GPS adapter for a Nikon DSLR. (Via Photojojo!)
  • And if you thought that was easy, maybe it’s time to build your own OpenSourceQuadroCopter, a four-rotor remote-controlled flying machine that can act as a base for both aerial photography and video. (Make Blog has a great photo.)
  • The FlickrExport plugins for iPhoto and Aperture gets an update. For a while now they send embedded EXIF data to Flickr, which in the case of coordinates, Flickr turns into geotags.
  • Stephen Beat, AKA the Electric Draughtsman, finds a remarkable animation of a SketchUp model of the Titanic on YouTube. (SketchUp model). Its impressive to see what people have done with the application — makes you wish you could walk around on the deck.. or import it into Second Life so you can walk on the deck:-)
  • Just out: MapMemo 3.0, an application for the Mac that visually links files to locations on maps, blueprints and diagrams. ($25)
  • MapWrapper‘s headline is right on the money: Korea Builds BadAss virtual globe for Seoul. ZDNet Korea has the details:
    Seoul Metropolitan government used high quality 3D Geospatial database developed from a 1 meter digital terrain model , texturing 10cm aerial imagery covering 605 square kilometers(1567 square mile), about one million box-shape simple model for general buildings and 1200 accurate model by using actual picture of the major landmarks.

    The accompanying eye candy looks gorgeous.

  • Open Web Analytics, “The Open Source Web Analytics Framework” intended for WordPress and MediaWiki, is up to version 1.0.1, gaining Google Maps and Google Earth support for plotting visitor provenance.
  • Digital Urban notes that Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D is the first of any mainstream virtual globe to get 3D content for whole cities in the UK (albeit in Brighton and Swindon:-). Andrew also wonders if Microsoft’s automatic capture technique might not be more scalable than Google Earth’s SketchUp-based approach. There is a YouTube flyover as well.
  • If you speak Swedish, don’t miss an extensive KML layer detailing the many travels and writings of Linnaeus, the Swedish naturalist and father of taxonomy, born 300 years ago this year.

N95 Corner:

  • Here’s how you make me jealous: SymbianCentral writes that between May and August this year,
    Nokia’s “Project 95” will take Peter Schindler – a seasoned traveler – on a 20,000-plus kilometer, Nokia-solely-sponsored, road-trip across China. Peter will be equipped with various Nokia Nseries devices, most notably the Nokia N95. He will keep a record of his excursions by maintaining a mobile blog that shares his thoughts and images taken through his Nokia N95…

    I sure hope that the GPS feature of the N95 gets used to post georeferenced shots, and if Nokia is savvy, that this all gets published as a goodlooking network link.

  • Twibble is…
    an experimental twitter client application for the Nokia N95. In addition to some basic twitter functionality it can make use of the built-in GPS of the N95 to add your current position to a tweet. The position can be processed by twittervision and twittermap.

    It would be cool if we could get the resulting maps as a KML network link — especially if you could subscribe to the whereabouts of individual users.

  • New version of Nokia Sports Tracker.
  • I don’t know about you, but my Nokia N95 still crashes often, and tends to run out of memory. Complexity is good, but not at the expense of usability, and I think this is the lesson Apple is going to apply to the iPhone. Are you wondering why Apple isn’t letting third-party developers create their own stuff for the iPhone? I suspect it has to do with Steve Jobs insisting customers should never see error messages or need to restart their phone because of a software glitch. The N95 is definitely for tinkerers and technologists, and not for my dad. The iPhone, on the other hand, is going to be easy on the mainstream, and so my initial skepticism towards that phone is now turning into newfound tentative appreciation. Does the iPhone do GPS? No. But is the GPS on the Nokia usable? It depends on your perseverance — and you need some.