Google Earth: PC World Innovation Award Winner
PC World hands out its 2006 Innovation Awards and includes Google Earth in the Wireless and Mobile category (a stretch in my estimation).
Says the description of the awards: “Our criteria for innovation included such elements as design, and the integration of technology with function. In all cases, we looked for products and services that did something first, did it much better than its predecessors, or reimagined what had been done before.”
The award paragraph itself reads: “Google Earth SATELLITE MAPPING SERVICE (Free) One of the search king’s handful of out-of-browser experiences, Google Earth lets you pan and zoom over satellite images of the far-flung corners of the globe. Then when you’re ready to find a cheeseburger in Paradise, Michigan, simply check the Restaurant option in the Layers panel on the left to view specific locations (the same goes for hotels, gas stations, parks, schools, government buildings, and millions of other points of interest). And if you’re getting ready for a road trip, just enter your start and end points to view the route superimposed over the satellite image, along with turn-by-turn directions in the left pane. Fun, practical, and free—that’s a tough combination to beat.”
It’s not all satellites, folks! How about Earth Imaging Service? And, what did Google do with Keyhole besides make one version free? Was their a big jump in product features?