Spy Kites To Supplant Satellite Source Of Google Maps?

The simple power of the toy opens new horizons for the ambitious mapping project.

Frank Taylor of the Tahina Expedition is on a five year sailing voyage around the world. Frank is also the author of the unofficial Google Earth Blog and he has been documenting his travels in a number of ways via Google Earth.

One of the more interesting experiments Frank has pursued on his journey has been the use of aerial kite photography. Google have begun to incorporate this imagery, which affords a much greater level of resolution than existing satellite imagery, into their Google maps product as can be witnessed in aerial views of BBQ Island, near Panama.

We’re always delighted to see the untapped potential in everyday objects realised, but it is uncertain whether this particular deployment of kites will be as warmly welcomed as using their possible use as an avenue of renewable energy.

Tahina Expedition

[via PetaPixel]

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