Recently, we’ve been thinking of a visualization that cuts directly to the way in which people make decisions about where to go: what would a map look like if we swept the physical world away completely, in favor of the time needed to move around it?
We’ve been prototyping a simple discovery tool on this idea. We take search results from the Foursquare API and array them around the user at the center
Google is rolling out upgraded cars with upgraded camera rigs to capture Street View imagery.
The new camera rig will help capture photos that are clearer, higher in resolution, and more vivid in color. Like the old design, the rig will attach to a vehicle’s roof, but the smaller ball on top now features just seven cameras (down from 15) fitted with 20 megapixel sensors. The rig also plays host to two cameras that take still HD photos, and two LIDARs.
For comparision, here’s the evolution of the Google Street View cars:
D3 in Depth has dedicated a chapter to rendering geographic information.
D3’s approach differs to so called raster methods such as Leaflet and Google Maps. Typically D3 requests vector geographic information in the form of GeoJSON and renders this to SVG or Canvas in the browser.
The Washington Post has created a nice article on the upcoming solar eclipse that will cross the United States
On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible from the contiguous United States. It’ll be the first to traverse coast to coast in nearly a century. There will be 69 total solar eclipses visible from somewhere on the planet in the next 100 years, but only a few will be visible from North America. See how many total solar eclipses are left in your lifetime
The article also contains some a very neat visualisation of all upcoming eclipses across the glove.