The MODIS Rapid Response System provides publicly available daily satellite images of Earth which Russ Garrett has neatly used in a script for your desktop wallpaper. Daily satellite images bring up a slew of other ideas. Someday the “Google Earth lets robbers see you leaving your house” myth will become a reality.
Model your town with Google Sketchup and you could win $10k and a visit from Google. Open worldwide except to Iranians. I guess they don’t want 3D models of nuclear enrichment buildings…
All that map, street-view, traffic, business etc. data Google has been amassing just became useful in your car with an Android device. Going to be painful for Garmin and TomTom. They may be superior but Google’s take will be Good Enough for many, many people. And you can build on it any way you want.
Remember the Nuvifone from Garmin? Pogue reviews it. Good GPS, poor everything else. Ah well, we hoped. Next!
Micello is Google Maps for indoors. Clever and useful. I hope the transition between outside and inside is smooth.
The Google Earth “holodeck” is more a hexagonal flying telephone booth. Still pretty awesome. §
Google Maps for Mobile can send “anonymous” movement data back to Google allowing them to plot traffic jams, free roads, alternate routes etc. over Google Maps. Wonderful. But frustratingly it doesn’t work on the iPhone. More and more my iPhone feels like a mute in a crowded room. §
Offline OpenStreetMaps on your iPhone. (attn: @brianw) §