This is kind of what I mean when I talk about there being a set of puzzle pieces out there for software development. These days you see more and more things and it just boggles my mind at the ways you could connect them. For example, if you took:
- This library for calculating planet positions
- A super high resolution map of the Earth
- The best map we’ve ever had of Mars
Well, one thing you could quickly build is a digital orrery that showed the relationship of the planets to one another at any given time. Or you could use the map to build a world clock or automatically find place names in news items coming over the wire and color them on a map to see world hotspots where events are happening. I’ve got no idea what you might come up with but the toolbox only seems to grow.