Woophy's view of Earth

Woophy's view of Earth

Summary: Woophy is a site that organizes photographs by the location at which they were taken. Users can click on a town or city and view the associated pictures.

TOPICS: Google

Woophy is a site that organizes photographs by the location at which they were taken. Users can click on a town or city and view the associated pictures. Each picture can also have a set of keywords attached to it. Think of Woophy as the next level of detail for Google Maps.

So what?

It's interesting to see a new indexing technique appear on the Web. I think it'll be more interesting still when cameras with GPS receivers catch on and it becomes possible to index with high precision based on latitude and longitude--then Woophy will be able to associate pictures with 1) individual intersections and 2) areas outside city limits. At that point, it'll truly be begging for a mashup with Google Maps.

More generally, Woophy would be an excellent way to organize the Web's numerous video feeds which, like most photographs, have an intrinsic--and possibly changing--physical location. Archive all the video (pretend along with me that storage and bandwidth are infinite and free!), add a "date" slider and you'll be able to travel backward in time (a nice resource for detectives seeking who-where evidence). At the limit, most of the world's (urban only, I don't think there'll be too many WoodchuckCams) activity could be readily available for retrieval by date, time and street address. Add face recognition and...well, I expect you see where this is going. It feels loosely like a concept some farout futurists like to kick around, that of the "Omega Point," a transcendental time when (among other things) everything knowable is known. (I'm looking forward to this because it means I'll always be able to find my car keys.) In the meantime, I recommend that you check out Woophy and even contribute a few pictures. Who knows? Maybe you'll be the first to put your town on the map.

Topic: Google

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  • GPS Cameras and Woodchuck Cams

    I think that GPS cameras would be an excellent invention. I'm a hiker, and would love to be able to pinpoint my pictures to a map. The one feature that would be lacking would be the direction the camera was facing at the time of the picture. The GPS coordinates would only tell you where the camera was at that time unless you also add in a Compass. Some GPS receiver units come with a built in compass, so this shouldn't be too hard.

    As to Woodchuck Cams, there are researchers that use technology to take motion activated or heat activated pictures of people or animals using hiking trails. Add a GPS receiver and a radio connection to HQ and you've got a live picture of where the wildlife is. One neat thing with some of these projects is the time index showing a person hiking down a trail and minutes later a family of bears using the same trail!

    Another useful feature of Woodchuck cams would be Panorama cams. Glacial retreat is in the news along with Global Warming, and scientists are studying that retreat. Setting up cameras in the remote areas of glaciers is not always an option, but visiting annually is. So if you can pinpoint the location of last year's picture with your GPS, then you could easily return to take a comparative photo.