Why Google's Ingress game is a data gold mine | New Scientist
Players in less well-covered areas can also suggest that landmarks of interest to them should become new game portals by snapping a geotagged photo with their smartphone.
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“This is classic Google,” says Blair MacIntyre, director of the Augmented Environments Lab at Georgia Tech, Atlanta. “They may get information about new monuments, and that actually helps them generate more interesting search results, because these are the things that local people say are interesting.”
Such photos will show buildings from many angles and could be used to create models that would help computer-vision systems recognise them later. This would help solve a major issue with current AR apps. “Accuracy is one of the biggest problems for AR,” says Tobias Höllerer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “The element missing in commercial products is computer vision.”