Links: Seero GPS Videos, GE Labels, Wikitude POIs, 3D Egyptian Viz

  • Seero GPS VideosSeero is a new live, on location video site. They have been in beta for a while, but just went live last night. What I find interesting is Seero’s ability to not only share location of a video (like the geotagging of YouTube videos), but you can actually play the Video alongside a GPS track and see the changing location on a dynamically updating Google Map mashup. I’m not sure of the utility of live broadcasting for this medium, but they also support playing them back from archives. See the examples by Seero themselves. They tell me they have plans to implement the same playback capability inside Google Earth soon. I’ll report on it more when they have it ready.

  • GE Labels -Valery Hrosunov has developed a cool tool for putting fancy labels in Google Earth. Since Google only has limited label capability (only one font), they decided to build something themselves. They use Google Maps for the initial interface, but you generate a KML file when you’ve got the label the way you want it. The resulting text and icons are an image – so they don’t scaled with your view. But, could be quite helpful in presentation files.

  • Wikitude allows you to search for places of interest and presents placemarks all from Wikipedia on a Google Maps mashup. But, what makes it really interesting is you also get the option to view a KML file or output the resulting points of interest (POI) to a TomTom GPS. Given the availability of Garmin’s easy interface, I’m surprised they don’t also offer an option for Garmin. But, since there are tools for taking KML and generating waypoints for Garmin already, that’s not a huge problem.

  • 3D Egyptian Viz – I meant to mention an excellent article posted by Stefan Geens about a 3D Google Earth visualization he discovered of Elephantine, one of the most important archeaological sites in Egypt. Definitely worth checking out.

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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