My new object of lust? The Hasselblad H3D DSLR: 39 megapixels for 26.5 kiloeuros (USD$37,500) in a full-frame medium format camera. Obviously, it comes with integrated GPS and the ability to export the data as KML. Alas, it will remain the stuff of dreams.
House numbers down under: Michael Smalley notices that streets in Australian cities get house numbers. Only in Maps (not hybrid) and not (yet?) in Google Earth.
Xplage: “Convert X-Plane [flight simulator] datagrams to Google Earth ‘moving map’ displays.” For Mac and Linux…
North Korea watched: Here is a gem, found while trawling through the internets for georeferenced human rights material: North Korea Uncovered, “The most authoritative, publicly available map of North Korea on Google Earth”. Check out the high-resolution overlays for some of the prison camps. By North Korean Economy Watch.
3D UI alert:CrunchGear has a video preview of XTreme Reality 3D, as-yet unreleased software that lets you use hand gestures in front of your webcam to control applications, including Google Earth. It’s like Atlas Gloves, blogged last year, but without the need to to use lights, as the object recognition algorithm seems to have gotten better in the meantime. (Thanks Johnathan!)
EditGrid collaboration: Another way to engage in collaborative mapmaking: Using the access controls of online spreadsheet applications and then converting the contents of a spreadsheet to KML. Here’s an example of how it’s been done using EditGrid to map POIs in Croatia.
Notes on the political, social and scientific impact of networked digital maps and geospatial imagery, with a special focus on Google Earth.