Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Historypin Adds an Android App to View Old Map Imagery as You Walk

Last summer I introduced you to a great Google Maps-based service called Historypin.On Monday Historypin's Executive Director Nick Stanhope guest posted on the Google LatLong Blog to announce some new features that are available now and some features that are in the works. Before telling you about the new features let me first remind you of Historypin's purpose. Historypin allows you to place old images of places on current Google Streetview imagery.

Historypin's newer features include tours, collections, and an Android app. Tours allows you to string together a series of geolocated images to tell a story about person or place. Collections is a series of geolocated images arranged around a theme and time in history. You can create your own collections and tours or browse through the content contributed by others.

The Historypin Android App allows you to view historical imagery layered over the current map for where you are standing (provided imagery is available). You can also use the app to add imagery to the map.

Learn more about Historypin in the video below.


Applications for Education
Historypin could be a good tool for students to use to explore the history of their communities. Better yet, students can use Historypin to research and record local history.