A KML overlay shows the typical wind patterns of the Los Angeles basin
An interactive multitouch enabled Google map with KML overlays allows visitors to pan and zoom around the L.A. Basin while learning about the weather patterns, wind currents, geologic make-up, and vegetative patterns that have shaped the landscape of southern California.
A unique interface switches between English and Spanish, as participants toggle between visual overlays that highlight the fire, air, water, and geologic conditions of the basin. Thematic overlays illustrating phenomenon such as fire risk, water supply, Santa Ana wind patterns, and fault line distribution tell the story of a landscape shaped by a diverse set of influences. Geo-tagged photo and video content, managed by Flickr, is displayed across the map. Visitors can explore this content through the use of intuitive gestures, building the basins story through discovery. Flipping the images over reveals embedded metadata to assist the exhibit narrative.
Designed to run on Ideum's multitouch and multiuser table platform, this versatile exhibit allows several visitors to explore content simultaneously. Using multitouch gestures, users can scale, zoom, and pass virtual objects around the table. Title, author, and narrative information about each photograph can be viewed in context in English and Spanish, with the photos source tied visually to its location on the underling map.
The multitouch software was developed using GestureWorks, Adobe Flash, Google Maps, and KML. Content management is handled via Flickr. This versatile multiuser Google Maps Flickr mashup can be reconfigured for the display of other geographic locations.
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