Map and Satellite Images on Web

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Google Maps finally covers high-resolution image near my home – the eastern part of Taipei. It’s kind of strange that they didn’t cover this area – where the highest building of the world is – at the first place.

No, I won’t tell you where my home is. If you visiting my site frequently, you would notice that my home is in the region that accidentally black-out yesterday.

Google Sightseeing immediately put the introduction on their page.

Before Google had done that, UrMap has already providing maps of Taiwan with satellite image taken by Taiwan-owned satellite – the FormoSat 2. They released their API yesterday, and should enable a lot of coding geeks here to localize U.S. websites using Google Maps API (e.g. where to find wireless internet access.)

Another question comes into my mind is that when FormoSat 2 was made, they claim the max resolution would be 2m – images on UrMap just don’t seems that good, even worse than Google.

Google Maps 終於把我家的位置 —— 台北東區提升到高解析度了;到處都有衛星地圖,竟然沒有照到世界最高的大樓這區是怎樣XD。

嗯,我不會告訴您我家在哪裡,不過如果您常常光臨敝站的話就會發現我家位於昨天意外停電的區域內orz。

Google Sightseeing 那時候很快就把台北101的介紹貼出來了。

在 Google 侵犯台北東區的隱私之前,台灣本地廠商 UrMap 已經把台灣的地圖和衛星照片全部貼出來了;用的衛星照片還是福爾摩沙衛星二號拍的。UrMap昨天也正式發表了它們的 Map API ,這應該會讓一堆台灣網站設計師很興奮的開始寫美國利用 Google Maps API 的網站的台灣版本(例如城市免費無線網路攻略之類的。)

倒是我心中有個問題:福衛二號建造的時候它們說衛星照片的最高解析度是2公尺平方,但是 UrMap 上面的影像好像沒有這麼清楚,甚至比 Google 還差。

總之太陽底下沒有秘密就是了。

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