Strictly Spatial #19

14 July 2016


Strictly Spatial 19 is here! In this fortnight’s edition we look at (yet another) left-field way of using GIS, how GIS mapping is being used in sport, parcel delivery by drones and a new take on an old game that is already proving to be a hit. Read on to find out more!

Strictly Spatial 19a2I’ve mentioned previously that GIS can be used for a wide range of disciplines. Each time I hear of a new one I’m suitably surprised and sometimes a little shocked. The other day I came across yet another way to use GIS. This time, in dance. Needless to say I was confused as to how this would work, but after reading the paper on it, it made perfect sense. Yes, it’s a few years old, but the idea behind it is very much valid. Making use of trackers with centimetre precision and 40ms temporal resolution, around half a million points were captured and then analysed. Very interesting stuff!

Strictly Spatial 19bSports is big business and with the advancements in 2D/3D spatial technologies and tracking we are able to pull some very interesting data and create amazing visualisations of sporting achievements. Real-time analysis such as Hawk-Eye has been around in cricket for a while. This technology is slowly moving into other international sports. There is a 3D map of all homeruns hit at San Diego’s Petco Park made using Esri’s 3D JavaScript API, a visualisation of every shot Kobe Bryant took made using Leaflet or a map of all goals scored in the recent Euro 2016 competition – which is unfortunately in French. There are some examples at this link here, all well worth exploring.

Strictly Spatial 19cAmazon has been toying with the idea for a while, but a bit closer to home, Australia Post is also contemplating the same idea. What is it? The idea of drone deliveries. This article on Amazon’s proposed service is a good read and answers a few interesting questions. Australia Post is currently trialling their drones which you can read more about here.

Strictly Spatial 19dNow for those readers who are a bit younger, you will most probably have heard about this. For you older readers, you may not have. What I’m talking about is Pokemon Go. It’s a new mobile game that has taken the world (well, a few select countries, New Zealand included) by storm. It’s a take on the classic Nintendo GameBoy game but pushes the concept well and truly into a new era. Instead of walking around in a virtual world, you instead make use of GPS and augmented reality advances to interact with the real world.  Pokemon Go is based off of a game with a similar gameplay style called Ingress. There is an interesting mapping aspect behind the game which you can read more about here.

That’s this fortnight done and dusted. What use of GIS has surprised you the most? Let us know on  Facebook, @InterpretGS, LinkedIn or email.