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Google Wants to Map Indoors, Too

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the where's-the-good-silverware dept.

Earth 174

An anonymous reader writes "Google maps are getting extended indoors next month with a new app called Micello that takes over where conventional navigators leave off — mapping your route inside of buildings, malls, convention centers and other points of interest. You don't get a 'you are here' blinking dot yet — but they do promise to add one next year using WiFi triangulation. At the introduction next month, Micello will only work in California, but they plan to expand to other major US cities during 2010."

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174 comments

I know the bathroom is here somewhere (4, Funny)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 4 years ago | (#29598785)

but Google maps keeps directing me to the middle of the city.

Re:I know the bathroom is here somewhere (4, Funny)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#29598849)

I don't know about you but I can't wait for the "George Costanza" app that uses Google's API to map out the best public and private bathrooms in a city ;)

Re:I know the bathroom is here somewhere (3, Interesting)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599143)

I used to study for exams inside JCPenney's truck-loading dock bathroom. I had a test tomorrow, but I couldn't leave my job, and so that seemed a natural place to hide and review my notes for 1 or 2 hours without getting caught. Quiet too since the dock was rarely used at night.

Ahhh the good old days.

Re:I know the bathroom is here somewhere (1)

Romancer (19668) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599583)

This is why security guards need to be used with security cameras at all times.

So they can watch eachother.

Re:I know the bathroom is here somewhere (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29599179)

iPhone users get tearooms [wikipedia.org] marked as well.

Re:I know the bathroom is here somewhere (3, Interesting)

insertwackynamehere (891357) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599201)

Actually this has been joked about before around where I interned, because my boss developed an iPhone application called SitOrSquat and I actually implemented Google's API in it (he had made his own mapping system using MS tiles before 3.0 came out with Google support built in) and I also developed the signifigantly lagging behind Android version. I'm not trying to whore but not only does the app exist but the exact same Costanza joke has been made before around the office.

whore (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29599307)

I'm not trying to whore

& yet you are. Whore

Re:I know the bathroom is here somewhere (1)

sortius_nod (1080919) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599509)

There is already.

It's called show me the loo on the iPhone. Toilets can be rated and this information is shared via the app.

Re:I know the bathroom is here somewhere (4, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599169)

I don't believe you DO need to find the bathroom: Googlebladder tells me you have a mostly empty bladder. Then again, it is still in beta, and I don't have an invite to googlecolon.

Re:I know the bathroom is here somewhere (4, Funny)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599373)

but Google maps keeps directing me to the middle of the city.

That's because Google has analysed your browsing habits, and is aware that you're an exhibitionist ;)

Re:I know the bathroom is here somewhere (1)

fmclain (674104) | more than 4 years ago | (#29600075)

Great idea. Please Google, give us the maps of the darn (huge ass company I won't name here) buildings! I get lost every time I try to find a new conference room. By the way, make it work with my iPhone GPS while you're at it.

Tell me when it can find my keys/socks/credit card (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29598817)

Then I'll be impressed. And scared.

Re:Tell me when it can find my keys/socks/credit c (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29598999)

It already told me where to find your mom, so mission complete as far as I'm concerned. P.S. she gives excellent head.

Re:Tell me when it can find my keys/socks/credit c (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29599063)

Finch? [imdb.com] Is that you?

Major Cities... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29598825)

"Micello will only work in California, but they plan to expand to other major US cities during 2010."

California: The Most Major City Of Them All!

Re:Major Cities... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29599109)

That's because people in LA think LA == California == USA == World.

Re:Major Cities... (2, Funny)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599541)

People in Lower Alabama resent the way Californians just take LA for their own use.

Re:Major Cities... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29599823)

People in Louisiana resent the the Californians just take LA for their own use.

Re:Major Cities... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29600195)

ROTFLMAO, the really, really sad part is the people in Southern California hardly acknowledge the people in Northern California, Lower Alabama, or Louisiana exist, much less are offended by their actions :) Even if they knew they'd find it amusing...About the only other place that exists for the denziens of SoCal is NY, or maybe the chronic whiners in Boston.

Re:Major Cities... (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599123)

I thought Micello might push Google to try and claim that turf. Let's see who's spread thinner.

I volunteer (3, Informative)

xednieht (1117791) | more than 4 years ago | (#29598837)

To map all the strip joints and beer pubs.

Re:I volunteer (2, Informative)

Follier (901079) | more than 4 years ago | (#29598877)

I'd reconsider that...

There are some parts of those buildings you really don't want to go.

Re:I volunteer (2, Interesting)

tacarat (696339) | more than 4 years ago | (#29598913)

What about reviews and price lists for the parts of those buildings you DO want to go to?

Re:I volunteer (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599159)

>>>To map all the strip joints and beer pubs.

And also the path to the girls' dorm's shower room. (Think Revenge of the Nerds or Porkys.)

we will have to hide in the woods... (3, Funny)

cellurl (906920) | more than 4 years ago | (#29598847)

Just when I thought I could sleep under my desk...

This is great! (2, Interesting)

Ponga (934481) | more than 4 years ago | (#29598863)

Soon, the human race will never again need to have a sense of direction, thanks to our GPS-and-wifi-triangulation-capable overlords!

:/

Re:This is great! (4, Interesting)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#29598933)

Soon, the human race will never again need to have a sense of direction, thanks to our GPS-and-wifi-triangulation-capable overlords!

That depends on how lazy the individual human is, doesn't it? I finally broke down and bought a TomTom for my travels but I don't feel compelled to use it (or even keep it in the car) when I'm near home. When traveling though it's incredibly useful. Even if you have a good sense of direction you'll find that the point of interest database will completely change the way you travel. Hmm, I'm hungry, how about some Italian? *tap, tap tap*, this place looks good and it's only three miles off our route.

I also like the TomTom over the cellular/google equivalents because I know it isn't phoning the mother ship with details about my location and travels. Personally I don't trust Google at all anymore with their data retention policy and sheer size. Perhaps that's a little paranoia on my part but it's the way I feel. A disconnected device has less privacy concerns and doesn't stop working if you wander somewhere without cellular service.

Re:This is great! (1)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599031)

you also paid anywhere from $60 to $300 or more for absolutely nothing that you can't do with a phone nowadays - you don't even need a phone with GPS or a screen for that - just call goog 411.

Re:This is great! (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599103)

That works real well in rural areas without cell phone service.

Re:This is great! (2, Insightful)

Deag (250823) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599135)

But you can't do what he described with a phone - finding somewhere close to where you are and giving you turn by turn directions.

How does that work without GPS?

Re:This is great! (1)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599329)

411 can give you directions without GPS now. It's something people don't realize. You're billed by the call too, so it's pretty darn nice. Goog 411 can help you find the place, and regular 411 can do the rest.

Meanwhile, trusting in your GPS when you don't have cellphone reception can, you know, lead you off a cliff.

Nothing beats simply planning your route *BEFORE* you leave.

Re:This is great! (2, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599397)

You're billed by the call too, so it's pretty darn nice.

How is being billed by the call "pretty darn nice" as opposed to something which has a one time fee and which you own?

Goog 411 can help you find the place

Google 411 can help me find an Italian/Japanese/what-have-you restaurant based on no information besides "I'm on I-81 in Virgina at mile marker 157"?

trusting in your GPS when you don't have cellphone reception can, you know, lead you off a cliff.

Huh?

Nothing beats simply planning your route *BEFORE* you leave.

What if I decide I'm hungry along the way and didn't want to plan my lunch at a precise time?

Re:This is great! (1)

Romancer (19668) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599771)

Ok, so you're saying to trust the 411 cell phone call directions when you don't have cell phone reception to enable the mapping portion for GPS on your cell phone?

What part of that makes sense?

No cell phone reception means no calls. No reception does not mean the built in mapping data in unavailable and could still walk you through the turns if not track your location automatically. As I remember most streets are marked with these little signs at the intersections to tell you where you are.

Re:This is great! (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599117)

I dont use my GPS for finding my way. I use it's best function.

Points of interest near my location. I love how my garmin will show the next 5 exist and let me pick food, sleep, gas, hookers, etc.... and then I can look at that list.

I just wish I could put in a favorite for each category, Say "speedway" for gas stations and make that at the top of the list...

THAT"s the best use, as well as my custom POI database showing speed traps and cameras.

Oh and my $99.00 Garmin does thins 80 times better than the $1200.00 iPhone or other "smart phone" (I am not forced into a $99.00 a month use fee for my GPS) I just have to buy a new POI and Map database every 2 years... My new database come wrapped in a shiny new GPS.

Re:This is great! (2, Interesting)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599219)

I love how my garmin will show the next 5 exist and let me pick food, sleep, gas, hookers, etc.... and then I can look at that list.

Your garmin has hookers in it's POI database? Shit, if I had known that I wouldn't have gone with the TomTom ;) Can you limit the search to ones without STDs?

I just have to buy a new POI and Map database every 2 years

How much does garmin charge you for that? I think TomTom is around $50 for a year worth of updates, i.e: it's not just one download and your done.

Re:This is great! (4, Funny)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599591)

Personally I don't trust Google at all anymore with their data retention policy and sheer size. Perhaps that's a little paranoia on my part but it's the way I feel.

Theme song from "Jaws"... a knock sounds at the door. A woman answers, "Yes?"

A muffled voice sounds from the other side of the door, "Mrs. Arlsbergerhh?"

"Who?"

Again the voice is muffled, "Mrs. Johnannesburrrr?"

"Who is it?"

"Flowers."

"Flowers? From whom?"

"Plumber, ma'am.."

"I don't need a plumber. You're that clever Google, aren't you?"

"Candygram."

"Candygram, my foot! Get out of here before I call the proper authorities. You're Google, and you know it."

"I'm only TomTom, ma'am.."

"TomTom? Well.. okay.."

Re:This is great! (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599877)

You are too LAZY to leave a piece of plastic in the car when that is clearly the only place you will need it?

Denial much?

Re:This is great! (2, Insightful)

FiveDozenWhales (1360717) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599371)

Soon, the human race will never again need to have a sense of direction, thanks to our GPS-and-wifi-triangulation-capable overlords!

Right, just like how Plato said in Phaedrus that writing would rid us of our need for a memory.
Or like how radio ended the era of live musical performances.
Or like how cars and elevators have made walking obsolete.

Honestly, technology does change our lives, but it doesn't make such integral parts of them a thing of the past... technophobes just like to squawk that they will.

Not google! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29598871)

Apparently submitter didn't RTFA, it's not -GOOGLE- that is doing this, but a company called Micello, they just use google maps. I realize that not reading the article is the norm, but can the editors at least read the first paragraph in the linked article before approving?

Re:Not google! (1)

dmomo (256005) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599013)

yeah. I thought that was odd too. It's not a Google product. I'm glad to see that it's not Google, and I'm also glad that it uses Google. It goes to show that allowing others to use your platform can help innovation.

There's a video here of a demo being performed for some VCs. http://www.micello.com/ [micello.com]

Pretty "lively" CEO. It's a good sign when the person pushing a product comes off as genuinely enthusiastic.

Re:Not google! (3, Funny)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599127)

The normal slashdot reader doesn't bother with the articles, so why should the editors waste their time on something that will never be checked?

Re:Not google! (1)

spartacus_prime (861925) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599457)

The normal Slashdot editor doesn't bother with the articles either, it seems.

Re:Not google! (1)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599177)

Apparently submitter didn't RTFA, it's not -GOOGLE- that is doing this, but a company called Micello, they just use google maps. I realize that not reading the article is the norm, but can the editors at least read the first paragraph in the linked article before approving?

And, of course, Google doesn't log what you do using their Google Maps product....

Re:Not google! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29600073)

If it sounds cool, it's got to be Google. If it sounds uncool, it's got to be Microsoft. If it's in-between, it's amateur stuff any slashdotter could do in the basement, if he could be bothered. If it requires reading, we're probably not the droids you're looking for...

Illegal reporting? (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29598873)

This is both incorrect, misleading, and illegal reporting. It uses Google Maps outside, and its own crap completely unrelated to Google inside. It's not "quite literally" Google Maps for inside places. It's a mapping tool, and Google Maps happens to also be a mapping tool. I don't think we need to use another company's trademarks to let people know what the hell a map is.

Re:Illegal reporting? (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#29598907)

"Micello is quite literally Google maps for the insides of buildings," said Ankit Agarwal, founder and CEO of Micello

From TFA. And how the heck would that be illegal?

Re:Illegal reporting? (2, Interesting)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#29598979)

Misusing the word "literally" like that SHOULD be illegal...maybe that's what the OP had in mind.

Re:Illegal reporting? (1)

SomeJoel (1061138) | more than 4 years ago | (#29600165)

Misusing the word "literally" like that SHOULD be illegal...maybe that's what the OP had in mind.

You're right, I'm so angry right now I'm literally on fire.

Re:Illegal reporting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29598997)

Trademark infringement, as I don't think whoever wrote this article OR the CEO of this company could claim that this is Google Maps for the inside of buildings. I'm not claiming Slashdot is in the wrong here, they're accidentally reporting some incorrect information, especially in the subject and that's really confusing. What's probably illegal (though IANAL so I don't know for sure) is the CEO claiming his product is Google Maps for something else. Maybe it's a civil suit and not against the law per se, when it involves trademarks?

And yes, that quote is what I was quoting, it's NOT "quite literally" Google Maps for the insides of buildings. Literally means something specific, it's not a generic intensifier. It's "quite literally" a map on your gps for the inside of buildings. It's not Google Maps.

Re:Illegal reporting? (1)

religious freak (1005821) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599047)

Illegal? I don't know how it would be even close. You'd be surprised what the first amendment covers in the USA

Re:Illegal reporting? (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599927)

Misuse of a trademark. And it could count as libel depending on how people feel about this. So yeah this could be illegal.

Awesome (-1, Redundant)

AGSHender (696890) | more than 4 years ago | (#29598901)

This means Google is one step closer to being able to tell me where I left my keys the night before.

YES PLEASE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29598915)

I can never find anything in the local big box stores.... It wouldn't be so bad, but with the way I travel I'm always in the same store with different layouts.

Re:YES PLEASE (1)

h890231398021 (948231) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599033)

The stores often change layouts within a single store and/or have different layouts at each of several stores on purpose. By forcing you to wander around looking for what you want, they're hoping you'll see some additional items you'll be willing to buy on impulse. Club stores (Sams Club and CostCo in the US, for example) are notorious for this practice.

Slashdot headline is a lie. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29598969)

Someone didn't read the article. This is a third party app; Google has nothing to do with it, as far as I can tell.

Might be a little too far? (2, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599003)

Im all for freedom of information, but are they planning on publishing floor plans of private buildings too? That could be a severe security risk in some cases.

Re:Might be a little too far? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29599061)

you will know when the google van crashes through your front door and starts mapping out your house.

Re:Might be a little too far? (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599227)

Im all for freedom of information, but are they planning on publishing floor plans of private buildings too? That could be a severe security risk in some cases.

It seems to me they're only going to be doing this for public buildings,and only the areas where the public is welcome. Why would they publish the interiors of non-public buildings? If you need security clearance to get into an area, you probably aren't going to have to look online for a map of the place. They're not going to be mapping the private rooms of the whitehouse, because if you're in those areas you undoubtedly know the place.

I'd expect a big use of this would be airports, which your first reaction would be security yes. But dollars to doughnuts they're going to map out just the terminals since those are the only maps people are going to care about. They wouldn't map out the secure areas or maintenece since the only people who would care about that are people who are authorized to go there and presumably know their way around. And the airports wouldn't let them.

Actually, I'll be suprised if the airports don't claim some security issue to prevent these guys from making this product, while they themselves try to think up ways to sell their maps.

Re:Might be a little too far? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599635)

There are some buildings which are quasi public, that they might actually be able to publish.

True security clearance buildings would of course be off limits.

Re:Might be a little too far? (1)

Asclepius99 (1527727) | more than 4 years ago | (#29600185)

I'd imagine this would be more for use in something like a mall or shopping center. Airports have those big signs pointing you to where everything is, a mall may only have a dozen signs that you're not always close to. You'd just take out your phone and search for the GAP or Gamestop and it would tell you how to get there. Though maybe I'm wrong.

Re:Might be a little too far? (1)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599645)

We don't know where they are getting the floor plans from. This is custom software separate from Google Maps. They might be getting public blue prints from the library for public places, but I doubt they can get them for private houses and places. Unless they use an x-ray device to see the insides of a house and make a map, they have to use blue prints.

Re:Might be a little too far? (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 4 years ago | (#29600007)

It's fascinating what fifty bucks will get you at the county recorder's office.

Re:Might be a little too far? (1)

fyrewulff (702920) | more than 4 years ago | (#29600001)

You mean the house blueprints you can already pull from the internet via most county assessor offices?

THE CALLS ARE COMING FROM INSIDE THE... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29599011)

..........wait..never mind. It's next door.

The Foundation Series (2, Interesting)

sammykrupa (828537) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599025)

And the universe of the Foundation Series is becoming a reality: the earth is becoming one big mega-uber-tropolis, a land mass covered in a labyrinthe of buildings that are only navigable with the help of a handheld computer.

Just a thought.

Security? (0, Redundant)

Drahgkar (945536) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599037)

Maybe I'm crazy, but this idea doesn't sound terribly good or safe from a security standpoint. Here let me just guide you to my (insert target here). Maybe it'll have sensitive areas blurred out, who knows. But, I am all for being able to find a restroom in the mall.

Target acquired (2, Funny)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599401)

Here let me just guide you to my (insert target here).

...pussy?

Works for me.

Re:Target acquired (1)

Drahgkar (945536) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599505)

Here let me just guide you to my (insert target here).

...pussy?

Works for me.

Wait...they have maps for that? Score!

Re:Target acquired (1)

Asclepius99 (1527727) | more than 4 years ago | (#29600193)

I'm guessing that if you need a map, not having one in the past isn't what stopped you.

"the last mile" (5, Funny)

FiloEleven (602040) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599043)

"Micello is quite literally Google maps for the insides of buildings," said Ankit Agarwal, founder and CEO of Micello. "We are mapping the last unchartered territory--the last mile--between the front door and where you are going."

Whoa. Big building.

Re:"the last mile" (1)

argent (18001) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599137)

The main loop on the campus here is about a mile long.

Re:"the last mile" (2, Interesting)

ChefInnocent (667809) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599783)

Well, maybe they were thinking BnL from Wall-E or Costco from Idiocracy.

Indoors? Sure...not! (3, Insightful)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599067)

Micello or anyone else, I think they'll run into trouble with some management companies for places like malls and large office buildings who will view such maps as security threats. In reality, it could be a real benefit for business (the first time I had to navigate the Minneapolis Skyway system, it took me an extra 30 minutes to find the place I was seeking), but I just don't know that the property managers will see it that way.

Re:Indoors? Sure...not! (1)

Asclepius99 (1527727) | more than 4 years ago | (#29600219)

I don't think the management company will care that much, as they'll probably just let them map the areas that consumers would be using in a mall or office building. Hopefully, the employees don't need to pull up a GPS or find their office or where the storage room is.

Even at 3AM... (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599081)

...I think I can find the bathroom without Google's help.

Yea! (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599083)

Now I can slap a cell phone onto a bear, to answer the question "Does a bear shit in the woods"!
And the corrollary, "Does the pope shit in the woods".
I'm sure tha t I can borrow a couple of phones from other intrested parties.

i wish there is a map for laptops or computers.. (1)

cjzlducls (1643807) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599099)

i wish there is a map for laptops or computers for non-high-tech people. That would be awesome :) I have trouble finding things on my computer... and esp. for my parents! they're trying to learn how to use the computer but oh gosh :(! so much explaining! and def. need patience......

Re:i wish there is a map for laptops or computers. (1)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599601)

i wish there is a map for laptops or computers for non-high-tech people. That would be awesome :)

Your Map:
Move the arrow thing to the place at the top of your internet. Backspace the letters and stuff with slashdot.org in it. Type in anything else, and click enter.

kdawson's new nick? (1)

nawcom (941663) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599149)

kdawson - code name "timothy"

Seriously, Kind of Scary (1)

IscariotSammo (1647433) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599175)

I like Google, they make good products and everything, but they are a big privacy threat. They have NEVER deleted anything from their archives since it was just a project in a dorm room. There is already a worry about them looking to go into the business of selling personal information (not a conspiracy theory since there are companies the Government currently uses to this day in the private sector) and now they want to map the insides of buildings as well? Just saying, it's something to think about. Do we need to risk security for technological "bling" these days? Yeah, most people seem to want to... :(

Jeez, where next? (1)

mustafap (452510) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599197)

They'll be wanting to map our insides next.

Lookout for a Google Probe coming your way soon...

Re:Jeez, where next? (1)

careysb (566113) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599425)

Google: "Here, swallow this micro camera for us."

Fantastic... (2, Funny)

Captain Courteous (1339339) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599203)

Now when I'm navigating crowded stores, at least the people who can't be bothered to look up from their phone long enough to stay the hell out of everyone's way will know exactly where they are going.

welcome to the evil empire (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599223)

Google is spreading like a plague with invasive technology. Eventually they'll just turn into SkyNet and overthrow the human race. Is there anything we can do to stop this company and their evil ambitions?

A least Microsoft isn't taking picture of people's homes and posting them online without permission. Windows is a nasty DRM'd beast, but I can choose not to have my privacy violated by not using their software. In that sense Microsoft is less evil than Google.

Yes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29599297)

Now I don't have to come in contact with a single person in order to find out where the bathroom is!

Asking for Trouble... (2, Interesting)

mkarcher (136108) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599309)

You know we're just asking for trouble with this, right?

One day, the DoD is going to license this technology, mod it with tracking capabilities, and deploy it to track personnel in secure facilities with an intuitive color-coded interface showing clearance requirements for areas and clearance levels for personnel. It'll deploy to secure facilities, one by one, improving security in small, but nontrivial amounts.

And then, of course, toward the end of the deployment schedule, it'll make it into Cheyenne Mountain Complex's Production systems. At that point, Google Skynet/WOPR Beta will come out of hiding. We better pray that they hard-coded "Don't be Evil" into it's source at assembly level.

Happy, happy, joy, joy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29599335)

It truly is wonderful to have such such a wonderful big brother to look after me.

danger time! (1)

stokessd (89903) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599399)

I know my dog would like to make a few more bucks to spend on hot dogs and rawhide chews. I can just see it now, my dog wandering around the house with a google camera backpack. I better close the door when I'm showering...

Sheldon

"google home search" next! (1)

plaukas pyragely (1630517) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599473)

When will we have google home search instead of google desktop search? So we can google for pair of clean socks when needed.

Slashdotters aced programming, failed geography (1)

devleopard (317515) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599511)

"Micello will only work in California, but they plan to expand to other major US cities during 2010."

If I need to explain this to you, please enter "MTV.com" in your address bar, hit Enter, and spend time on a site more in line with your intellectual capacity.

Re:Slashdotters aced programming, failed geography (1)

RNLockwood (224353) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599915)

Ahhh, nuts! You beat me.

Brill (1)

Pvt_Ryan (1102363) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599545)

Can they map out the banks? if they could include alarm systems as well as the floor plan I would be grateful..

I'm already anticipating the lawsuits... (1)

imyy4u3 (1290108) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599573)

"I broke my neck because my GPS told me to turn left and I ran into a wall..."

"I didn't mean to pee on the wall, but my GPS told me it was a urinal..."

"I only ran through your sushi-kitchen because my GPS told me it was the quickest route to the bathroom..."

*sigh*

Google Maps Indoors, Burglars Rejoice! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29599617)

What could possibly go wrong?!

I'll bet they do (1)

Wansu (846) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599879)

... and they can make me secretary of the pussy.

damn (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 4 years ago | (#29599893)

Now you have to watch out for those Google Maps camera cars driving around in your kitchen and living room too.

Universities (1)

aitikin (909209) | more than 4 years ago | (#29600049)

Yeah, I know, time to bash on Google as a joke, but in all honesty, I can see this being a great tool for universities. Anytime I go to a friend's school and they reference the building there at, I just kinda go, "okay, what is that building and how would I get there?" Same with the way classrooms are labelled at my university. Some buildings use a 3 number system while others use 4. They all are supposed to have the 4 number system, but you can never find the 4 numbers on some buildings. The bathrooms in 2 of the buildings are impossible to find without knowing where they are first, and often times the guys bathroom is on the other floor on the other side of the building or the girls is two floors down, one floor over. Any public building that's old could benefit from this.

And to keep my geek card, I, for one, welcome our new cartographic overlords.
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