Nokia N95 does aerial photography - try that Apple iPhone!

by Glenn Letham

Ok, this is flipping awesome... you gotta love these whacked-out Europeans (no offense) and their awesome ideas... this time it's aerial photography (video actually) over Denmark using a spanky, $600 Nokia N95 symbian OS smartphone duck taped to a kite!
The "pilot" managed to grab several minutes of video and even had a sweet landing. Try that with your Apple iPhone.. oh, hold on, it doesn't have video capabilities! See details and video of the flying Nokia N95 over at the Erikso.com blog

Making things even moer interesting, I recently heard from a developer in the US who has a more "professional" application that extends this functionality (ie. getting your smartphone airborne!

Jeff Johnson from PictEarth USA contacted me and shared details of what his company has been doing for some time now, "inb a more professional manner". Jeff and crew have developed software to run on the NSeries Mobiles that uses the GPS (internal or external) to record the position of the photos and make photo-overlays. The program generates KML that can be downloaded from the phone and uploaded to Google Earth. According to Johnson,"we are very close to having the ability to post data directly from the phone to our servers using the GPRS/EDGE/3G networks via FTP."

PictEarth has complete details available online at http://pictearthusa.com and a complete archive or aerial photography can be found at http://flickr.com/photos/pictearth/sets/ - a 4000+ photo gallery from the N95.

PictEarth has developed software to run on the NSeries Mobiles that uses the GPS (internal or external) to record the position of the photos and make photo-overlays. The program generates KML that can be downloaded from the phone and uploaded to Google Earth... NICE! Jeff tells us that they are very close to having the ability to post data directly from the phone to their servers using the GPRS/EDGE/3G networks via FTP.

(Originally posted over at www.GISuser.com) - see images here