TechCrunch recently showed off one of Google’s latest developments, the Cartographer, a backpack designed for mapping indoor spaces. Google Maps uses a backpack called Trekker, which includes a complete Street View camera setup, for mapping anything in outdoor environments. For indoor mapping, the Cartographer uses a process called “simultaneous localization and mapping” (SLAM), a technique that’s typically used for mapping new locations. Google is using the Cartographer to map buildings such as hotels and museums. As the backpacker walks through a building, the floor plan is automatically generated in real time, Google says. The wearer also uses a tablet to add points of interest while walking around the building such as room numbers in a hotel or the particular exhibits in a museum.
Google’s Cartographer, Its Indoor Mapping Backpack
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Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 75 books including Law Librarianship in the Age of AI for which she won the AALL's 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State Universities, and an international conference speaker. She received the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application. She can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/author/ellyssa
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