Man of Many: 9-Eyes Captures Human Beings in Their Natural Habitat

Man of Many: 9-Eyes Captures Human Beings in Their Natural Habitat. “Named for the nine cameras that the Google Street View cars use, the 9-Eyes blog is an homage to just how beautifully weird our world is. It has been a massive undertaking, years in the process, but amongst the sea of mundane and boring photos, there are plenty of gems. You’ll find everything from kids playing in the streets, to military personnel riding in the back of a jeep with fully automatic weapons. Animals make an appearance, including a tiger walking across an empty parking lot, or a monkey sitting on a wall taking in the view. Vignettes of everyday life are presented without any context, often leaving you wondering what the story is behind the image that was captured.”

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Google Street View Derived Built Environment Indicators and Associations with State-Level Obesity, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease Mortality in the United States

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Google Street View Derived Built Environment Indicators and Associations with State-Level Obesity, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease Mortality in the United States. “We utilized 31,247,167 images collected from Google Street View to create indicators for neighborhood built environment characteristics using deep learning techniques. Adjusted linear regression models were used to estimate the associations between aggregated built environment indicators and state level health outcomes. Our results indicated that the presence of a crosswalk was associated with reductions in obesity and premature mortality. Visible wires were associated with increased obesity, decreased physical activity, and increases in premature mortality, diabetes mortality, and cardiovascular mortality (however, these results were not significant). Non-single family homes were associated with decreased diabetes and premature mortality, as well as increased physical activity and park and recreational access. Single-lane roads were associated with increased obesity and decreased park access.”

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps mission for Wollongong-born hiker on remote New Zealand trail

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps mission for Wollongong-born hiker on remote New Zealand trail . “A woman with a taste for risky, solo hiking is about to complete a spectacular top-secret journey for tech giant Google, wearing a custom-made backpack with 360-degree camera. After having to lay flat on the ground and grip a boulder for stability in the face of 100kph winds in Patagonia, anything less should be a walk in the park for Sharmali Kulatunga.”

Ars Technica: Apple Maps expands its Street View competitor to Boston, DC, Philadelphia

Ars Technica: Apple Maps expands its Street View competitor to Boston, DC, Philadelphia. “Apple Maps has been slowly expanding regional coverage for its Google Street View-like Look Around feature, and now MacRumors forum members have spotted rollouts for the feature in the US cities of Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC.”

City University of New York: Using Google Street View to analyze food retail in the Bronx

City University of New York: Using Google Street View to analyze food retail in the Bronx. “In a study published recently in the journal Health and Place, a research team led by CUNY SPH Associate Professor Nevin Cohen used Google Street View (GSV) to verify the status of food retailers listed in a New York State database of licensed establishments in the Bronx from 2008 and 2017. GSV images enabled the researchers to identify discrepancies in the state database and to measure store openings and closings over the decade, as well as changes in store brands and types.”

Asahi Shimbun: Tottori to provide flood estimates using Google Street View

Asahi Shimbun: Tottori to provide flood estimates using Google Street View. “The Street View feature on Google Maps enables users to see landscapes and scenery on the maps. Under the prefecture’s system using special software, residents can experience flooding in a more realistic fashion and become more aware of the need to plan anti-disaster measures, the officials said. Essentially, they will be able to pick evacuation routes in a more simplified way than using the current hazard maps.”

Slate: Grieving With Google Street View

Slate: Grieving With Google Street View. “One Twitter user recently posted that her family never got to say goodbye to her grandpa when he died a few years ago, but when she visited her grandpa’s farm through Street View, there he was, sitting at the end of the road. Thousands of people responded, many with their own stories of finding old Street View shots of their dearly departed grandmas reclining in their front yards or their grandpas getting into their trucks.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google’s ‘wi-spy’ settlement draws objection from 9 states

BNN Bloomberg: Google’s ‘wi-spy’ settlement draws objection from 9 states. “Attorneys general from nine states urged a federal judge to toss out Google’s US$13 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit blaming its Street View mapping technology for a massive violation of consumer privacy.”

The Ashahi Shimbun: Sublime scenes in Oze National Park on Google Street View

The Asahi Shimbun: Sublime scenes in Oze National Park on Google Street View. “Not everybody is able to visit Oze National Park straddling Gunma, Fukushima, Niigata and Tochigi prefectures, but now the magnificent landscape of two popular destinations there is available on Google Street View. The service allows viewers to take in the sights as if they were actually on site. They can also take a virtual stroll on a wooden causeway by switching images on the website.”

CanIndia: Google Maps captures 10mn miles in Street View images

CanIndia: Google Maps captures 10mn miles in Street View images. “Google Maps have captured more than 10 million miles of Street View imagery – a distance that could circle the globe over 400 times. The company announced on Friday that Google Earth now lets people browse more than 36 million square miles of high definition satellite images from various providers – covering more than 98 per cent of the entire population – to see the world from above.”

Android Police: A Googler built a tool to spot satellites from your backyard – no telescope required

Android Police: A Googler built a tool to spot satellites from your backyard – no telescope required. “A plethora of satellites are orbiting our planet, and if you know just when to look up, you might even be able to see some flying over your head. Google graphics and computer vision engineer James Darpinian has developed a web app that helps you identify where to look to spot these objects by utilizing Street View and browser notifications as well as weather warnings.”

OK Whatever: Visiting Dead Relatives on Google Street View

Ok Whatever: Visiting Dead Relatives on Google Street View. “When looking up her mother’s address last year, a Taiwanese woman found snapshots of her mother, who died in 2014, tending to her potted plants. During a bout of nostalgia, a British expat lurked on her childhood home through Street View and discovered old photos of her deceased mom walking down the driveway, carrying a blue watering can. And, for years, a Kentucky man named Bill Frankel frequently visited his dead father online, scrolling back in time to see the images a Google Street View car captured three years before his father’s death, back when he was still healthy and happy.”

Google Keyword: Hip-hop dancers show Paris in a new light on Street View

Google Keyword: Hip-hop dancers show Paris in a new light on Street View. “When I see videos of myself dancing, it’s hard to imagine that person was once a shy girl from the outskirts of Paris. Thanks to hip-hop, I’ve found my path, and now I seek to help others do the same by encouraging them to use dance as a vehicle for expression. When Google’s Street View team asked if I’d like to show Paris and its iconic Gare de Lyon train station with the world through the lens of dance, I immediately said yes. “

Artnet: Want to Visit Monet’s Giverny Gardens From Your Desk? Here Are 11 Historic Artists’ Homes You Can See on Google Street View

Artnet: Want to Visit Monet’s Giverny Gardens From Your Desk? Here Are 11 Historic Artists’ Homes You Can See on Google Street View. “Seeing artist studios is interesting for a host of reasons. Some, such as the gardens at Monet’s retreat Giverny, are very much a part of the legend of the artists themselves. Others, such as Eugene Delacroix’s final apartment, offer insight into the environment that informed their work. Still others, including the nondescript street where Magritte spend years working out his Surrealist delights, offer a sense of what their imagination had to define itself against. Here, we’ve tracked down 11 historic sites where artists lived and worked that you can see in handy 3D image form without even leaving your chair.”