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Visualize Earthquakes with Wikitude

Submitted by on Friday, 16 April 20106 Comments


Last year I found myself out in San Francisco for a week, at the time I got obsessed with checking earthquake reports on the web to see if there was any pattern or if I was likely to experience one. I never did but checking the reports became part of my daily ritual.

eq2A new World for Wikitude has been released that helps users visualise earthquake data through augmented reality and a mobile device. The World shows users the last 7 days of earthquake activity and you’d be surprised just how much activity there is.

The data for the Wikitude World is recorded from worldwide sources so even here in the UK I was able to see earthquake activity taking place in Europe. As it turns out there was a mag 6.3 earthquake in Spain just a few days ago at 619 miles below the earth’s surface.

Fascinating stuff, it’s good to see augmented reality being used to help users visualize data in new ways.

The World is available now and is a featured World in the Wikitude browser, check it out and see just how many earthquakes are taking place around you.

Visualizing Earthquakes with Augmented Reality from Wikitude on Vimeo.

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6 Comments »

  • Paul said:

    Why not simply display this on a map?

  • Wikitude » Wikitude Visualizes Earthquakes said:

    [...] See also the blog post on augmentedplanet. [...]

  • lester said:

    Hi Paul,

    The great thing about products like Wikitude is you have the ability to display the data on a map as well as via the augmented reality view. Both have their uses. The map is a great way to get context in the traditional view of ‘where in the world’, whereas augmented reality is a great way to visualise the data in a real life context, figure out which direction the POI is etc

  • Paul said:

    Hi Lester,

    I simply don’t see the advantage over using a map. Less battery consuming, no need to hold the phone weirdly, you can still visualize data to figure out the direction the POI is, etc.

  • Rick said:

    Hi Lester,

    I simply don’t see the advantage over using a map. Less battery consuming, no need to hold the phone weirdly, you can still visualize data to figure out the direction the POI is, etc.

  • Joe said:

    Hi Lester,

    I simply don’t see the advantage over using a map. Less battery consuming, no need to hold the phone weirdly, you can still visualize data to figure out the direction the POI is, etc.

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