Google Earth using balloon and kite images

Google’s Lat Long Blog wrote about how they are starting to include balloon and kite images in Google Earth. The neat thing about the images is they have great resolution, are easy to update, and almost anybody can snag the images.

That last point of anybody being able to capture the images is helped out by The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science developing an open-source balloon mapping toolkit. For about $100 in parts in addition to an inexpensive digital camera, the kit can take photos of the ground below. The images are then plugged into a tool called MapKnitter that aligns the images with previously georeferenced images. The images can then be tied into Google Earth and other mapping tools.

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Posted by Jason Hamilton | April 19, 2012  |  No Comment

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