Saturday, January 1, 2011

Experience Our Changing World

FedEx has a really cool interactive map that changes the shape of countries based on data sets. What makes it fascinating is the way they grouped data sets. I liked how coffee imports was tied to cases of insomnia. I also appreciated that they provide their data sources. That really gives it credibility.
You can easily share and compare maps and if your interest is piqued, there are follow up articles and polls. They also have an augmented reality piece where you can use a webcam and special printable marker to highlight a 3D globe. I'll have to try that one at school since I don't have a webcam at home but it looked slick.