Sun Surveyor

Sun Surveyor allows users to visualize the location of the sun and the moon anywhere in the world—to get the ideal shot thanks to Street View.

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"The Android API, which includes Street View, was particularly helpful. It allowed me to overlay the path of the sun and moon on any Street View location anywhere in the world."

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Challenge

As an amateur photographer, Adam Ratana needed to find out when is the sun going to rise or set at a particular landmark on a particular day. Traditionally, photographers would need to travel to a particular destination at the exact time and day to view the rise of the sun and moon to plan and determine the best time of day for a shoot.

Solution

The result was Sun Surveyor, an iOS and Android app that uses Google Maps APIs to visualize the location of the sun and the moon anywhere in the world. The app makes it easy to figure out when the natural lighting will be just right — and get the ideal shot. Sun Surveyor uses augmented reality to overlay the paths of the sun and moon on a camera’s view, so users can see where in the sky they’ll be at a specific time and place. Photographers can use it to plan their shots ahead of time, and businesses can use it to gauge things like how best to align solar panels to make the most efficient use of the angle of the sun.

Benefits

  • Photographers can plan and visualize their shots ahead of time
  • Sun Surveyor overlays the path of the sun and moon on any Street View location anywhere in the world so users can see the exact location
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APIs used

Millions of apps and sites use Google Maps APIs to benefit from a powerful mapping platform. Discover which set of APIs Sun Surveyor has used to create their website and mobile application:

 

Google Maps Elevation API

Calculate the height of a landmark

 

Google Maps Time Zone API

Capture the time zone of a landmark

 

Google Street View Image API

See the exact location and view

 

Google Maps Android API

Mobile app for Android users

 

Google Maps SDK for iOS

Mobile app for iOS users

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