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Drops of the world.

Posted: January 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: General | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Expanding on yesterdays idea, I’ve just put together a processing sketch which takes a ‘panoid’ (extracted from streetview links), and creates a printable net of the location.

To create the net, I modeled the drop in blender, and used its handy ‘unfold’ python script (scripts > mesh > unfold).  This creates an svg of the flattened net, which I imported to illustrator to change line weights and add tabs for gluing everything together.


Streetview tiles


Blender model




Unfolded net.


Added tabs.

The processing sketch takes a ‘panoid’, which can be extracted from the link to a google street view.  It then extracts the image tiles, and squashes them to fit the net, before saving it out as a jpg.  At the moment, it’s making pretty small files (water droplets of the world), which may be modified in future to create higher-res, larger nets.

It’d also be nice to have this accept an address, and do the geocoding to find the nearest streetview point.  Looks like this should be possible with the services google are now offering (getNearestPanoramaLatLng()).  With this in place, it could all be wrapped nicely in a user-friendly website.

There are definitely still some problems with the mapping of images to the net that will be resolved when making a higher resolution version, but it’ll be interesting to see what these look like once printed and assembled.

The processing files can be downloaded here: dotw.

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