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 first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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