X-Wing GPS Targeting Computer

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X-wing GPS Targeting Computer from Christopher Caleb on Vimeo.

Not massively practical. But very cool.

Built using Adobe AIR 2.5, Android 2.2 and some guidance from the force.

Full breakdown here – http://www.yeahbutisitflash.com/?p=1697

Geotagging Data in Picasa

I’ve just opened up Picasa for the first time in ages.

First thing I noticed was how lightening fast it is compared to iPhoto. It’s blazing!! But just scanning through the photos I noticed a small red pin next to images I’d taken with my iPhone.

Turn outs that Picasa now has a ‘Places Panel’ which uses Geotagging data to show where your photo was taken. Picasa will write the longitude and latitude to the photo’s EXIF metadata. You can also view the data (GPS Latitude and Longitude) of a geotagged image in Picasa by selecting Properties.

The integration is really nice too.

Google Maps Trike View

You’re all familiar with Google Street View and the camera-topped Google Car – but what about all of the interesting places inaccessible to cars?

Enter the Google Trike, which started as a project by Daniel Ratner, a Senior Mechanical Engineer on the Street View team:

“I began thinking about building a bicycle-based Street View system after realizing how many interesting places around the world – ranging from historic landmarks to beautiful trails to shopping districts – aren’t accessible by car,” says Dan. “When I’m riding the trike, so many people come up to me and ask where it’s off to next or how they can get imagery of their favorite spot, so I can’t wait to see what our users come up with.”

Google’s Street View trike lets us take pictures of places that are not accessible by car.

Tell us where to send the trike next at http://www.google.com/trike

Becks iPhone App – Helps You Find Gigs

An alcohol brand launches an app aimed at providing a useful service rather than a pub diversion.

Beck’s release Gig Finder, a mash-up between Google Maps and Last.fm which lets you search for gigs in the area.

YouTube link.

I like that fact they’ve just combined a couple APIs to create a shiny new service. Wonder if the Last.fm team will roll this into their next update.

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Want GPS on non-GPS phones? Check out the new Google Maps beta.

Google can now tap into information broadcast from mobile towers to approximate your devices current location on the map. “It’s not GPS, but it comes pretty close..” Google explains on its website. I’ve installed this and tried it in New York. It’s amazingly accurate, and on my N95 you can activate true GPS too. Very cool.

Download the latest beta:
http://www.google.com/gmm/index.html?hl=en