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Google’s latest: Augmented Reality GPS Navigation

Sometime in the recent past, I remember reading an article that ended like this “In the future, Google will be remembered as a manufacturer of futuristic cars whose business started out as a search engine”

Google’s latest patent titled “Panoramic Images within driving directions” does only augment that thought process! Google seriously has to consider renaming its Cloud space to something else. Google DRIVE has to be renamed to reflect their Augmented Reality GPS Navigation ideas!

The patent brings together augmented reality & Google’s street view and is really interesting to know about. It certainly isn’t ground breaking but surely one has to admit the functional thinking behind the patent.

Today’s navigation systems involve taking our eyes off the road. We need to focus on the 5′ inch displays to check our route. Enter Google, they are planning to overlaying objects that users are familiar with today’s navigation system. With 3-D models, live video feeds, 360 video and images, soon your navigation could be displayed on your windshield!

Imagine the joy of seeing your windshield with images that indicated how far your favorite restaurant is or maybe how long you need to travel in the current traffic condition to reach your office.

Google's Augmented GPS Navigation Patent

Google’s Augmented GPS Navigation Patent

In a sense, this patent is about taking Google Glass to the next step! To a bigger screen!

Gosh, if they continue in this manner Google will surely be remembered for Location Based Services and Maps more than their other flagship products!

Source: Engadget

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GeoGuessr – Street View-Based Geography Game

GeoGuessr - overview

GeoGuessr is a popular online geography game that was created by Anton Wallén, a Swedish IT consultant and developer. It was launched in May 2013 and quickly gained widespread attention due to its unique concept and addictive gameplay.

Here are some hightlights about this app:

  1. Concept: The game utilizes Google Maps Street View imagery to randomly place players in locations around the world. Players have to guess their location based on the surroundings they see in Street View.
  2. Game Modes: Initially, GeoGuessr featured a single game mode where players were placed in a random location. However, over time, the game introduced various modes including “Challenge” mode where players compete against each other, and “Battle Royale” mode where multiple players compete to guess locations in a shrinking map.
  3. Popularity: GeoGuessr became immensely popular shortly after its release, attracting players from all over the world. It gained attention not only among casual gamers but also among educators who found it to be a valuable tool for teaching geography.
  4. Educational Tool: Many teachers and geography enthusiasts use GeoGuessr as an educational tool to teach geography and improve geographic knowledge. Its immersive gameplay encourages players to explore different regions, landmarks, and cultures around the world.
  5. Community: GeoGuessr has a strong online community with dedicated forums, social media groups, and competitions. Players often share their memorable experiences, challenging locations, and impressive guesses with fellow enthusiasts.
  6. Development: Over the years, GeoGuessr has undergone several updates and improvements, including the addition of new features, maps, and game modes. The game continues to evolve to keep players engaged and entertained.
  7. Challenges: While some locations in GeoGuessr are relatively easy to identify based on landmarks or language clues, others can be extremely challenging, especially in remote or less populated areas. This adds to the excitement and replay value of the game.
  8. Global Appeal: One of the remarkable aspects of GeoGuessr is its ability to appeal to players of all ages and backgrounds from around the world. Whether you’re a geography buff, a casual gamer, or someone looking for a fun way to explore the world, GeoGuessr offers something for everyone.

Overall, GeoGuessr has proven to be not only a fun and entertaining game but also a valuable educational tool and a platform for fostering global curiosity and exploration.

Also see: Google Earth’s Carmen Sandiego game will give ’90s kids serious déjà vu

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