Were these photos of New York taken by tourists, or by natives?
By Eric Fischer and John LounsberyPosted 02.07.2012 at 1:01 pm 0 Comments
Eric Fischer analyzed thousands of photos of New York. Based on the historical data from each uploader's Flickr account, he deduced which were taken by tourists and which by locals, and plotted the results on a map.
Now we've turned the geo-data into a game. Can you figure out which photos are which?
How can a digital mastermind take his ideas to the physical world?
By Mark JannotPosted 11.28.2011 at 10:10 am 0 Comments
Joi Ito was an early investor in some of the most influential and successful internet properties of the past half-decade, including Flickr, Last.fm, Twitter, and Kickstarter. Now, as the new director of the MIT Media Lab, he's applying his digital savvy to innovating in the material world. PopSci's editor-in-chief, Mark Jannot, sat down with Ito--well, Skyped, at least--to find out more about how Ito plans to foster innovation and make gadgets great.
You can find just about anything on photo-sharing site Flickr, from page after page of adorable felines to 381,468 photos of the Eiffel Tower (at last count). With so much digital and geographic data up for grabs, algorithms can do some really interesting things with all of Flickr's crowdsourced information. Take this new Yahoo program for example: It mines the millions of tourist photos on Flickr to create detailed, customized travel itineraries based on the photographic experiences of travelers that came before you.
I've always loved taking pictures from the road when I travel, but on returning home I often had no idea where I had shot many of them. The only way to figure it out was by placing them on a timeline and working backward through my route. Recently I found a way to make it easier. I mounted a Canon digital camera on the dashboard of my car, installed software on it that enables it to automatically shoot pictures every few seconds or minutes, and set up a GPS unit to record the location of each shot.
They came, they saw, they took pictures. And thanks to them -- about 150,000 Flickr users -- a team of computer scientists built Rome in a day.
Using nearly half a million Flickr photos of Rome, Venice, and the Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik, a team of computer scientists at the University of Washington's Graphics and Imaging Laboratory assembled digital models of the three cities in 3-D.
New York is the most photographed city in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the most photographed landmark. And in what may be a sign of the times, the Apple retail store in midtown Manhattan is the 28th-most-photographed place in the world.
Getty Images will turn to Flickr to round out their stock library
By Jaya JiwatramPosted 07.10.2008 at 2:10 pm 1 Comment
Shutterbugs, if you're a Flickr user, you have a reason to be snap-happy. Getty Images, a leading stock photo agency, teamed up with Yahoo this week so that it can buy photos from Flickr's 2 billion picture database. Don't go breaking out the champagne just yet, though. Since Getty will be handpicking the photos personally, users will have to wait to be contacted to discuss contributor contracts. If chosen, the Flickr image will have a special link to the Getty page. And while price has not been specified, they will likely be commensurate with current Getty rates.
A special report from the CTIA cellphone convention in Vegas
By Lauren AaronsonPosted 04.13.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Few places are more materialistic than Las Vegas, with its grandiose hotels and stacks of cash. But at last week's CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association) convention-which showcased several acres of upcoming cellphone and wireless technology-the focus was less on material goods than on what you can do with them. The exhibits boasted no gotta-get-it-now phone, but they did promise many ways to do more with the phone you already have. From file-sharing to postcard-making, the latest possibilities go far beyond mere talk.
Turn an old laptop into a digital frame that automatically displays new shots from your Flickr accountâ€”then give it to your mother
By Mike HaneyPosted 04.06.2006 at 2:00 am 6 Comments
My mom loves seeing my digital photos, whether they´re of far-off places or my latest culinary creations, so I´ve long thought about building her a digital-photo frame that would show a new shot every time she walked by. But instead of loading 1,000 images onto a hard drive, I wanted to be able to update the library remotely, adding new pics as I shot them, so she could always see what I´d whipped up that night or where I´d traveled that weekend. I also wanted the whole project to be cheap, because, well, I´m cheap.