Amazing, Addictive, and Creative Uses of Google Earth and Google Maps Amazing, Addictive, and Creative Uses of Google Earth and Google Maps
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Amazing, Addictive, and Creative Uses of Google Earth and Google Maps

by Meghan Neal

June 24, 2013

Google Maps and Google Earth are pretty awesome on their own—you can see the whole world on your laptop in the comfort of your living room. But what's even more awesome is the myriad way artists and developers are using these tools to create games, videos and photo series that are a delight to the eye. Here are a few to check out.
Google Faces
 
You know when you look up at the clouds and see an animal, or a human face? The phenomenon is called Pareidolia, and Google Faces, a project by the design studio Onformative, shows that machines can experience it too. 
 
Developers created an algorithm to comb through Google Earth images and with facial recognition software, detect the hidden faces on Earth. It doesn't work every time, but they've found some stunning examples already.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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