In a matter of hours – as early as tomorrow evening – my wife and I will be departing on a five year sailing circumnavigation called the Tahina Expedition. I’ve mentioned the trip on Google Earth Blog several times (for example: here and here) because we are using my favorite application a great deal on the trip. For planning the trip, documenting our route, displaying our track as we travel, displaying our photos, and even contributing content which Google will share with everyone. Not only that, but we just announced today that National Geographic will be following our trip and using our content on their ocean-related sites.
Here’s a couple of interesting Google Earth related projects we will be conducting on the Tahina Expedition:
- Kite Aerial Photography – I’ve got a camera rig that flies from a kite so we can take very high resolution aerial photos. The photos will be processed and sent back to Google so they can include them in the base imagery of Google Earth. See the first example in the post linked here.
- 360 Panoramas – We will also be taking 360 degree panoramas which will be put into Google Earth through the 360Cities.net layer. See the first test example of a photo taken a couple of days ago of Tahina.
- 3D Tahina – for fun, look at a 3D tour of our boat Tahina with the Google Earth plugin.
Make sure you book mark the Tahina Expedition site, and include our blog in your RSS reader. You’ll be able to follow along on our five year trip and see all kinds of interesting photos, videos, and Google Earth content. There will also be a layer in Google Earth showing our travels (that will be announced soon).