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Santa’s Toy Hunt and Santa Tracker in Google Earth

Santa Tracker for Christmas in 3D in Google EarthGoogle
has just released a special Santa Tracker for Google Earth this year!
On previous years, Google has had a Santa tracker which let you watch
Santa make deliveries all over the Earth using Google Earth on
Christmas Eve. This year, they have started a bit earlier with a game
to find a toy for each of the 12 days before Christmas. Not only that,
but the new version uses 3D models created with SketchUp of Santa’s
North Pole home, his sleigh, and the toys you find are in 3D as well.
According to the Google Earth Santa page, you must use Google Earth 4 version 4.0.241x+ (download here). Anyway, if you have the latest GE 4, you can download the Santa Tracker and Toy Hunt here . Then you double click on today’s date in the “Santa’s Present Hunt
in the Places folder. Zoom in for a closer view of Santa’s home, and
click on today’s clue for the location and picture of the toy. Once you
get to the correct location, a 3D model of the present will appear in

Presumably, on Christmas Eve we will see Santa traverse the planet
delivering presents all over the world. This is a fun way to show off
the dynamic abilities of GE, and its fitting that Google do it in full
3D style since the purchase of SketchUp last year. Merry Christmas!



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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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