Chrome OS for web mapping delivery

Google Maps

Here is the environment where I find the most intriguing integration between content on desktop, content on mobile devices both phone and tablet, and a growing ecosystem of web-based mashups.  As with the ESRI solutions I work on, having the Cr-48 as the delivery point in the field makes for a richer and more efficiently full-contact connection between the user and the web app, when compared to the phone or tablet experience.

For the moment, I’m waiting for Chrome OS Native Client (NaCl) to get me ready to enjoy WebGL with Google Maps.  During November, I used the new WebGL client with Maps very intensively for several days, and really got to like it / depend on it.  I’m not certain whether the Cr-48′s embedded graphics offers much, but surely next year’s machines based on Ivy Bridge should do just fine.

There’s a bit of integration here, with Android devices gathering GPS tracks in the field, posting them to Google MyMaps, and people sketching over the top of MyMaps with annotation using their browsers.

Here are some Android GPS tracks captured with the free MyTracks application.  The last segment of the track sequence includes a summary of the elevation profile (based on GPS elevations), slope and velocity summaries.

Here is a live traffic and bicycle route map of central Marin County.

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