There are many "hacker's apps" that will download and re-assemble Google
Earth data at the highest available resolution for the region wanted. Much
will depend on how much area you want to capture, and what resolution is
available for that area. Urban areas are available at a higher density
resolution because that satellite imagery is used for tax assessors who use
the imagery to watch for building violations and improvements (its main
use). There is no "one resolution only" when it comes to Google Earth data
available, nor is there a limit to that resolution (up to the government
allowed publicly-available limit)--the available resolution being area,
finance-base, and population density dependent.
A mosaic of adjacent sections, or a blowup of ONE map? I think you will
be disappointed by the resolution in either case. USCGS (or was it
NASA?) used to have an online portal for ordering hi-rez sat photos-
don't remember if you could order them as a file or not, that could be
printed on a industrial plotter like at Kinko's. Online map sites are
geared toward looking at them on a small monitor.
I know a lot of the map sites do watermark their images, and do
something so you can't save the image other than by screen-scraping.
I love aerial and satt photos- I have one on my office wall of the
half-mile square surrounding my office, but it is only 10x10 or so. I
wish some site had OLD satt images available, like from when they first
started taking them. Some company a few years ago was selling old
Russian images of CONUS.
As to the mundane framing part- any sign shop can put it on the foam
backer like they use in stores and at trade shows. Surface is durable
enough that you don't need plastic cover, which would cost a fortune in
Try Googling 'aerial images' and your zip code- there may be more
sources than you think.
Have you considered going the old-fashioned route and using a fairly powerful
slide projector? The bottom line could prove to be less expensive over time.
The many advantages are obvious. Slides are cheap, easy to replace, modify
and update. You need nothing on your display wall but specialized paint, or
better yet a 5' x 10', or even better yet 6' x 12', projection screen. For
example, see http://www.bigpicturebigsound.com/projector-screen-1.shtml .
Also google projection screens large OR giant OR wall OR white OR paint
The biggest advantage of all is, what if you want to display something else?
Another big advantage is that you can mount the slide projector just above
the elevation of anyone walking or standing in the room. Google maps, and
practically all other on-line sources of maps, satellite images, etc., are
updated from time to time, depending on the areas which are being mapped and
imaged. No matter what mosaic of images you may grab from Google, they will
become obsolete before long. So why photograph what you can show updated?
You could bypass any slideshow options and go to direct Internet feeds
projected onto the screen/wall. That would be my preference, the live feed.
For example, I would love to see Da Vinci's Mona Lisa projected onto my main
living room wall via live HD camera + audio feed from the Louvre, live and
in high definition. That should be free to the world.
: I have a wall that I want to cover with roughly a 5 foot by 10 foot
: "picture" frame of a google satellite view of the surrounding area.
: Any idea how to accomplish the various technical parts?
: - For the 'frame', I'm thinking of making it out of pine
: - For the 'glass', I'm wondering how big a sheet of thin plastic I can buy
: - For the 'printing', I'm not sure, but maybe Kinkos can print it?
You can print it yourself if you have access to a decent inkjet plotter. We
have one at work that takes four-foot rolls of paper, and they make them for
rolls even wider than that. The downside is that such large pictures are very
unwieldy. Framing and hanging are the hard part unless, as someone suggested,
you glue it up like wallpaper.
I'd use a spray adhesive like the 3M stuff available all over the place.
it would take several cans to do a wall.
Tekronix made an engineering-size printer that could make large prints(like
blueprints),Xerox bought that division,and still makes them,IIRC.
It uses thermal wax "ink",makes really nice color prints.
There are several engineering printers that can make "wallpaper" you could
use for your wall photo.
You could also try a place that does billboards.
Just a thought. Use one of the service bureaus and print it on
canvas. You can stretch that on any frame you want. The length can be
very long, the widths will vary by the printer. They will ship it rolled up.
I had some very large prints done, and they wound up coming out of
China. (1/4 Kinkos price) Printed on HP Dreamjet and coated. Quality is
very good. No need for glazing.
They look good. And you can buy the stretcher bars widely.
Probably not the cheapest, but the first I ran across:
$400 for the a 60" x 120" 2 1/2" deep frame. The way that works is they
stretch and staple it on the stretcher bars and ship it to you rolled
up. You pop in the the side bars to the top and bottom and hang it.
The print alone there is $200 without the stretcher bars, so there is
a big premium for stretching. I'd probably do it myself and save $$$.
IMHO, it is crazy to do this any other way. (ie, framed and glazed)
Just remembered where I had mine done:
They print up to 60" x 360".
Definitely assemble on site. Easy, peasy.
On Sun, 21 Nov 2010 14:50:52 -0500, Jeff Thies wrote:
Before embarking on making, or getting something made I'd check that it
will be physically possible to get a 5 x 10 rigid sheet around any
corners, up any stairs and through any doors. You may find that the
restrictions on getting it in mean the display will have to be made
or at least assembled in-situ.
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