Google Maps Find History, Old Maps, Pinball Joints, Ships and Planes

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-04-20 Print this article Print

Looking for a Pinball Wizard

Fans of the old-fashioned game-room gem, pinball, can now find destinations where they can fulfill their dreams of their next high scores using, a pinball locator, showing all the public pinball machines in select regions of North America, according to the site. The maps are available for select cities and regions, including Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, New York City and Seattle, and are maintained by local players and pinball leagues. Visitors to the site can suggest updates for new or removed machines and can also comment on a machine's condition, upload photos of locations, add their high scores on a machine and more.

The Plane, the Plane and the Ship, Too

Aviation and ship lovers can dive deep into the hobbies of plane spotting and ship spotting through sites provided by Planefinder and Shipfinder, where enthusiasts can conduct real-time viewing online of planes and ships around the world.

The sites offer fun and fascinating views of planes and ships that are equipped with data transmitters that report their positions in real-time around the world. Visitors can see the flight routes and ship routes, click to get more information about the aircraft and ships they are following, and even search a wide variety of criteria to find specific planes or ships.

Track San Francisco's Buses

It's silly and it's goofy, but trust me, it's also fun to check out the SF Live Bus site, where Google Maps APIs are used to create a real-time, animated map of San Francisco's MUNI buses as they make their way around this beautiful city on the bay. The little red inbound and blue outbound icons, identified by their bus route numbers, graphically show the movement of the buses on surface streets. Wouldn't it be cool if your city did the same thing with your local transit system so you could visually see where the vehicles are on your smartphone or tablet during your commute?


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