Google Maps: Explore These Cool Sites to Treat Your Senses
Independent developers are always using Google Maps APIs to create cool new Websites for visitors to explore. Here's another fun collection.Google Maps are certainly not just for finding your way to a distant location on your next road trip. All over the world, software developers are building intriguing new Google Maps applications and Websites using the Maps API and Google's Street View images to portray lots of unorthodox thinking. The Website Google Maps Mania, an unofficial blog that tracks cool maps and Street View collections created using Google Maps APIs, regularly finds and details interesting uses of the APIs and the amazing content that's shared. Here are some recent finds that caught our attention here at eWEEK. Your City as a Kaleidoscope
Paper and online maps of cities are usually very predictable, containing full-color illustrations of networks of streets, highways, points of interest, rivers, bridges, hospitals, fire stations and more.
Visitors can view a restaurant's listing by clicking on its marker on the map, which will then display information on the restaurant and its menu. Find Instagram Photos Near You Lots of people are using Instagram to post photos and share their activities. The site Shots24 gathers Instagram photos from users and matches them up to Google Maps so that visitors can view photos taken by Instagram contributors near them. The site asks for permission to link to your location, then displays a map of your area and geo-tagged Instagram images taken by people nearby. Other sites offer similar functions, with some intriguing twists, though, according to Maps Mania. There's The Beat, which mashes together Google Street View images alongside Instagram images that are taken by users in the same areas, and there's also Worldcam, which displays Instagram pictures submitted around any building, house, business or other destination, anywhere in the world. Creative Architecture Views via Street View Google Street View images are often amazing, allowing viewers to see and experience cities, architecture and far-off destinations through real-world images right on their computer screens. But for some creative people, that's not enough. One such person is Dori Szente, who "takes photographs of Budapest and then photoshops them so that the images reflect the perspective distorted views of Google Satellite View," according to a recent Google Maps Mania post. The images are posted on the Website Street View Photography, offering unique and stark images of lovely buildings.