Map that shows debts of countries around the world
HowMuch recently published an interesting map showing the debt-to-GDP ratio to key economies around the world. The ratio is calculated by taking a country’s total debt and dividing it by gross domestic product (GDP). Then the author scaled each country based on the size of its debt compared to GDP and colored them based on their GPD growth rate.
The basic idea of a public debt is that a country with slow economic growth receives less in tax revenue and has to borrow money that accumulates as public debt. This may not be a bad thing unless the future economic wellbeing of a country is at risk. It’s well described by Vox:
But lets look at this map from a cartographical stand point. Frankly speaking it’s a mess. All countries are detached which makes it difficult to read. Moreover the map shows only selected countries which makes the readability even poorer. It is also very difficult to access if the size of a country is bigger or smaller as there is no proper reference to the world map. It is definitely difficult to visualise multiple phenomena on a single cartogram map but this not the best example.
Google Cardboard – paper Virtual Reality set now supports Street View
One year ago, Google introduced its first step into the world of virtual reality with an unexpected project called Google Cardboard. It allows users to slot their smartphone into a do-it-yourself cardboard viewer. When looked through you can interact with various Google services. Basically affordable VR headset for masses.
Yesterday Google announced that Cardboard is now available in 39 languages and over 100 countries for both Android and iOS. With this update Google also announced a full Cardboard support for the Google Street View app.
The company prepared for that released for some time. Couple of months ago Google added a button to switch to Cardboard view and couple of locations to test it. Now you can virtually visit anyplace in the world where StreetView is available.
We haven’t tested it yet but Venturebeat says it’s a lot of fun. Let us know when you check it out yourselves.