From Google Maps to consumer global positioning system (GPS) devices, spatial technology shapes many lives in both ordinary and extraordinary ways. Thanks to spatial computing, a hiker in Yellowstone and a taxi driver in Manhattan can know precisely where they are, discover nearby points of interest and learn how to reach their destinations. Spatial computing technology is what powers the Foursquare check-in, the maps app on your smartphone, the devices used by scientists to track endangered species, the routing directions that help you get from point A to point B, the precision agriculture technology that is revolutionizing farming, and the augmented reality devices like Google Glass that may soon mediate our interaction with the real world.
In the included video, Google expert Michael Miller walks you, step-by-step through using Google Maps and Google Earth. Each short video segment addresses a specific task — from mapping a specific location to using Google maps for public transit, and from using Maps on your iPhone to creating custom Placemarks in Google Earth. These videos are an indispensable addition to the book, bringing the step-by-step direction in the book to life. It’s like having a Google expert standing right next to you showing you how to do everything with Google Maps and Google Earth!