Thursday, September 24, 2009

GPS Eye In The Sky

I've been using an Iphone app called Everytrail for the past couple of weeks to log my walks with Tempo (my Australian Shepherd). It's a cool little app that uses GPS to map my course and record data about it (time, elevation change, pace, etc.). I can also take photos along the way and it records their location on the route. I then upload all of these to the Everytrail website where they can be viewed by the public. There is the option to make them private, but where's the fun in that?

Here are a couple of my recent walks... (you may have to click "hybrid" on the map)

Payton County Park

Bicentennial Park

The Everytrail folks also have a blog and the latest post was pretty interesting. The post refers to a New York Times story about GPS drawing. In a nutshell, GPS drawers map out and follow a course that will result in an image when viewed from a satellite.
Here is what it looks like...

(images from Everytrail Blog)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Jigsaw City - 4,619 Pieces

3D reconstruction of Dubrovnik, Croatia, containing 4,619 images and nearly 3.5 million 3D points. Very similair to Photosynth (which I have never been able to get to work properly) but obviously with much more data and complexity.
While the puzzle comparison is obvious, I think sewing memories into a quilt captures the process and product more accurately.