Friday, February 1, 2013

Fab Friday is Spherical

We’ve made it to Friday once again, and once again we’ve got a video for you.

But first, we just added draggable polygons to the Google Maps API. All you have to do is set draggable: true in PolygonOptions. My team member, Luke Mahe released a cool puzzle that demonstrates moving the polygons around map. And, when you do, the polygon will keep size and shape respective to the projection. Which means, when you move the polygon it may appear to grow or shrink depending on where it is on the map.

This week, Chris Broadfoot did a Google Maps Developers Live session: Photo Spheres and Street Views. He explains how to go from a Photo Sphere taken with an Android Jelly Bean 4.2 device to a custom Street View panorama. You can contribute Photo Spheres to Google’s Street View directly, or you can create a pano with the Google Maps API right away. Check out the video here:



In upcoming events, there’s a great hack event in San Francisco called EcoHack, February 22-23. EcoHack is about using technology to improve and better understand our natural environment. Several Googlers will be there, including Maps Developer Relations’ own Josh Livni. Check it, help the planet, and have fun coding.

Posted by Mano Marks, Maps Developer Relations Team