Valarm is an Android app that allows your device to capture a massive amount of information about the environment around you. Among the many great features of the app is the ability to export your data to Google Earth, creating excellent visualizations such as this:
To play with some sample data, Edward from Valarm has provided us this KML file which is a sample of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and air quality around the University of Southern California (USC) campus in Los Angeles, California. This dataset is part of the air quality study in the LA area.
For more, check out their site at Valarm.net or watch the video below which shows Valarm VOC sensor data around downtown LA and the University of Southern California campus in Google Earth:
As he’s done in years past (2012, 2011), Dennis at CyclingTheAlps.com has built some great tools to help track the Tour de France in Google Earth. However, this year he’s added a new way to track the event with a very full-featured Android app. The app includes detail from every stage of the 2013 Tour, and uses Google Earth to help showcase the event.
Here are some screenshots from the app:
The app costs a few dollars, but is likely well worth if it you’re an avid cycling fan. If you just want to check out the routes for free, you can always view them on his site.
In addition, Google has partnered with the Global Cycling Network to provide information, commentary, fly through’s and much more for each stage. You can read more about it from this post on the +Google Earth page, or watch the video below for a sample: