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(Popular Science)   Google buys company to manufacture small imaging satellites. Nothing to see here, move along, you can trust us   (popsci.com) divider line 18
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674 clicks; posted to Business » on 11 Jun 2014 at 2:07 PM (11 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-06-11 01:30:50 PM
Oh no, you mean that the satellite view on Google Maps might be more up to date?

Paging Orwell, we've got a code 1984!!!
 
2014-06-11 02:11:45 PM
I suspected they would do something like this, given their recent plans to launch a fleet of Internet satellites.  If you're already launching a bunch of satellites with data links, and you're in the map business, why wouldn't you think about adding imaging capabilities?
 
2014-06-11 03:25:44 PM
I am the eye in the sky, looking at you
I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules, dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind

And I don't need to see any more
To know that

I can read your mind
(Looking at you)
I can read your mind
(Looking at you)
 
2014-06-11 03:57:29 PM
Maybe to track licence plates?
 
2014-06-11 04:03:04 PM
Could it be they're planning a constantly updating Google Earth and Maps? I know past a certain zoom it won't do much, since that's done by aircraft, but when you're more zoomed out that's satellite images. If they launch a bunch of imaging satellites they could easily have constant updates to Google Earth and maps at the relevant zoom levels.
 
2014-06-11 04:32:44 PM

WhyteRaven74: Could it be they're planning a constantly updating Google Earth and Maps? I know past a certain zoom it won't do much, since that's done by aircraft, but when you're more zoomed out that's satellite images. If they launch a bunch of imaging satellites they could easily have constant updates to Google Earth and maps at the relevant zoom levels.


How often does the view really change at those levels? It seems like a waste to take pictures at that level all the time just to have a more recent picture.
 
2014-06-11 04:38:48 PM

Tobin_Lam: How often does the view really change at those levels? It seems like a waste to take pictures at that level all the time just to have a more recent picture.


Depends on where you're looking.  Death Valley?  Probably no change in 100 years.  The Amazon?  Different story.
 
2014-06-11 06:06:27 PM
Google Live Earth!  Sweet!  Now I'll have help finding my car!  And my kids!
 
2014-06-11 06:25:54 PM
i291.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-11 08:26:19 PM

cig-mkr: Maybe to track licence plates?


Ha haa! Joke's on you. I don't use license plates!
 
2014-06-11 09:11:31 PM

Tobin_Lam: How often does the view really change at those levels? It seems like a waste to take pictures at that level all the time just to have a more recent picture.


Depends on the place, some places change a ton with the seasons. Also can do night time views. And potentially other fun stuff.
 
2014-06-11 10:06:37 PM

Tobin_Lam: WhyteRaven74: Could it be they're planning a constantly updating Google Earth and Maps? I know past a certain zoom it won't do much, since that's done by aircraft, but when you're more zoomed out that's satellite images. If they launch a bunch of imaging satellites they could easily have constant updates to Google Earth and maps at the relevant zoom levels.

How often does the view really change at those levels? It seems like a waste to take pictures at that level all the time just to have a more recent picture.


There's a Costco near me that opened in 2013 that's still a field of grass on Google Maps.
 
2014-06-11 10:07:54 PM
Don't be evil*

*YMMV
 
2014-06-11 11:38:20 PM

WhyteRaven74: Could it be they're planning a constantly updating Google Earth and Maps? I know past a certain zoom it won't do much, since that's done by aircraft, but when you're more zoomed out that's satellite images. If they launch a bunch of imaging satellites they could easily have constant updates to Google Earth and maps at the relevant zoom levels.


Oh, sure. And I bet they said the same thing when SkyNet got started.
 
2014-06-12 01:03:17 AM

WhyteRaven74: Could it be they're planning a constantly updating Google Earth and Maps? I know past a certain zoom it won't do much, since that's done by aircraft, but when you're more zoomed out that's satellite images. If they launch a bunch of imaging satellites they could easily have constant updates to Google Earth and maps at the relevant zoom levels.


Speaking of the aircraft images. I still see my car parked in a spot it hasn't been in for about four years at an ex-employer.
 
2014-06-12 09:44:47 AM
We all know they want to sell us robot cars. Imaging satellites would be helpful in their mapping/driving software. I can't wait to start riding to work every morning while staring at targeted ads in the heads up display.
 
hej
2014-06-12 09:46:17 AM
I'd really like subby to elaborate on what kind of nefarious activities they think Google is going to undertake with these satellites.
 
2014-06-12 10:08:44 AM

Tobin_Lam: WhyteRaven74: Could it be they're planning a constantly updating Google Earth and Maps? I know past a certain zoom it won't do much, since that's done by aircraft, but when you're more zoomed out that's satellite images. If they launch a bunch of imaging satellites they could easily have constant updates to Google Earth and maps at the relevant zoom levels.

How often does the view really change at those levels? It seems like a waste to take pictures at that level all the time just to have a more recent picture.


Not many people know that the close-up 'satellite view' images aren't taken from satellites.
 
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