Posted by: shoji | September 25, 2007

Geotagging links photos to locales

I admit to “borrowing” this from Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, who put it all together for me in a blog post. I would link directly to his post, but I can’t find it on his blog; there is no obvious search box; and I’m too lazy to do an advanced search on Google.

So to paraphrase Scott Adams
Invent this:

integrated GPS (geotagging) and photo studio.

To the uninitiated, imagine you taking photos with your camera. Along with your photos, the camera saves the location of where you were (hence, GPS/geotagging) and the time. When you upload your photos to the web, a photo album is generated that also places each of the photos in the proper location (on a map) and in the correct chronology.

Below is a CNET piece showing the promise of geotagged photos. Currently, it requires quite a bit of user input, but many of the steps can be automated, and it’s clear that the technology is/will be here in the near future. No need to invent the flux capacitor.

One news story that spurred this blog post was the recent report on the iPhone faux-GPS hack. Using cell-phone towers to triangulate an approximate position, the iPhone can now provide you with your location on Google Maps. It also has a 2MP camera– admittedly an under performer given today’s marketplace, but all the tools are there… imagine Picasa/Google Earth integration! Next step is Second-Life-style walkthrough of the real world.

As I was thinking about this technology, I also heard about the Hasselblad H3D-II. This uber-camera sports build-in GPS already– but I don’t know if their software supports the auto-geotagging/photo album features. But for $37,000, I hope it does.

Geotagging links photos to locales | CNET
Today, geotagging is not for the faint of heart. It requires a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver and either software that adds GPS data to photo files or an expensive camera that communicates directly with the GPS device. But as the technology takes off and sites such as Yahoo’s Flickr or Google’s Panoramio show off the possibilities, the elements of geotagging are starting to come together.


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