News Roundup: KML Standardization, Cruise ship tracker, IGiGLE, 3D Printing

  • KML Standardization – A good summary of Google’s efforts to introduce KML to the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standardization process. AllPointsBlog gets the details from OGC’s Carl Reed who explains in an OGC mailing list about Google’s submittal and what it means.
  • Cruise ship tracker – Another cruise ship tracker called Seascanner for Google Earth has been released. This one also lets you see the position of the cruise ships and if you click on their position placemark you can see onboard webcams. Here is the web site with details on each of the ships tracked. Also see the other cruise ship tracker.
  • IGiGLE – Irongeek’s WiGLE WiFi Database to Google Earth Client for Wardrive Mapping. Read the details including how it works, and how to install and use it. Open source.
  • 3D Printer – A Swedish design company used Google Earth and SketchUp to design and build a 3D model of Stockholm. They then used a 3D printer from Dimension to print a physical model of the city for display purposes. Here’s the press release.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



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