The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Archive on Google Earth “Hiroshima Archive”

August 6 was a day when the atomic bomb was dropped to Hiroshima by the U.S. Army. Hidenori Watanave Laboratory at Tokyo Metropolitan University launched pluralistic digital archive “The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Archive”.

http://hiroshima.mapping.jp/ (English and Japanese)

“The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Archive” is a pluralistic digital archive using Google Earth to display on it the materials gained from such sources as the Hiroshima peace memorial museum, the Hiroshima Jogakuin gaines association and the Hachioji atomic bomb survivors association. You can watch survivor’s note, interview video and photos here.

They launched “Nagasaki Archive“(English and Japanese) as well as this last year. Please check this, too.

Track The International Space Station(ISS) From PC, Facebook And Smartphone

SightSpaceStation by Tokyo-based Tori Ningen [J] is a site gives you full experience and knowledge on the International Space Station(ISS) watch.

The English/Japanese/Spanish-trilingual web site tells you that the earliest date and time when you will be able to watch the ISS flies over your town next time. Google Maps, Google Street View and Google Earth (requires plugin install) show how ISS can be seen from you, how ISS will see your town, country and continent.

The Smartphone version, available both on iOS and Android, Augmented Reality technology used to show the ISS orbit over the image you see.

See an English demo,

They says that the smartphone version already has 6,000 users worldwide.

and Android

There are also Mixi version and Facebook version, though I could not try the Facebook version by error (maybe overloaded?).

See Also:

Tori Ningen’s Official English Blog

Google Joins Forces With Japanese Astro Labs To Create Virtual Moon

NASA's Logo

NAOJ's Logo

In commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first human landing to the moon, on Tuesday, Google introduced a 3D map showing you the entire surface of the moon, named “Moon in Google Earth”, which is available on version 5.0 or later of Google Earth. Besides moon surface photos supplied by NASA, Japanese astronomical laboratories such as JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and NAOJ (National Astronomical Observatory of Japan) also provide Google with terrain data collected by a Japanese moon observing satellite, in order to reproduce more accurate altitudes in the images.

Author’s note: Tomorrow’s solar eclipse is now causing an explosive access levels to NAOJ’s website, you may have difficulty in reaching the destination of the above link.

“Moon in Google Earth” has several optional menus including Appolo mission, guide tour, and the satellite’s aerial pictures presented by Arizona State University, etc.

Moon in Google Earth
“Moon in Google Earth”: SELENE Impact Point


3D video(HD) reproduced from terrain data collected by SELENE, which was making a final approach to the expected impact point on the moon. Quoted from JAXA Channel [E/J] on YouTube.

Web umbrella Pileus

Even hardcore geeks might have never dreamt of something like this: An umbrella which is connected to the Internet!

This gadget was developed by researchers at Tokyo-based Keio University. The “Pileus” umbrella looks ordinary from the outside but actually is a quite clever piece of hardware.

The umbrella is able to display web sites on the canopy’s underside while walking around. In addition to a mobile projector the Pileus is equipped with a camera, Wi-Fi, GPS and a digital compass.

When you make pictures, the gadget lets you upload them to Flickr within minutes. Tagging is also possible.

pileus umbrella

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(pictures courtesy of Pileus LLC)

Besides Flickr, the Pileus is also meant to work well with Google Earth. If you are lost somewhere, the umbrella’s GPS function and compass come into play. The Pileus can then display your surroundings in 3D via Google Earth and help you find back the way.

The hardware is now in its 3rd generation. What began as an art project turned into serious business. The makers of the Pileus founded an LLC of the same name aiming at commercializing the product as soon as possible.