Google Improves Map Images Using ''Kite View''

The Google Earth and Google Maps images that we love so much are based off of satellite photos. While those give us a great view of where we live, even good enough to the point of being able to spot who has a swimming pool in their backyard.

Now, thanks to a world-exploring man and wife team and their kite, they're helping to make Google Maps and Earth even better.

Frank Taylor, who runs the unofficial Google Earth Blog, is on an enviable five-year expedition called the Tahina Expedition. Thanks to his partnership with Google, Frank's used his camera pictures taken from a kite's perspective to better the detail on Google Maps and Google Earth.

Here is a good example of how things look from his camera compared to what the satellites captured (of course, what the satellites can do from space are still mind-boggling).

Read more in the Tahina blog.

Via Gizmodo.

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  • mayankleoboy1
    there goes my privacy down the drain....
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  • gm0n3y
    webbwbbSo how long until we hear news that the people from the Tahina expedition were captured by Somali pirates? The route on their site goes awefuly close to the Somali shore...

    Flying over Somalia... Black Kite Down?
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  • dormantreign
    Holy i didn't even know that place existed and i'm super good with maps and ****. A ring island, thats pretty neat.
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  • webbwbb
    So how long until we hear news that the people from the Tahina expedition were captured by Somali pirates? The route on their site goes awefuly close to the Somali shore...
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  • mavroxur
    Greater detail, yes. But I can only imagine how long it would take to cover an entire city with stills taken from a kite. And in some situations, a kite is impossible (power lines, tall buildings, etc). I guess I don't see how you could use this uniformly. It would seem like you'd only get spotty coverage for the most part.
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