Take one news helicopter, stir in some GPS data, add a Google map, and what you get is a mash-up that TechCrunch calls “uniquely informative eye-candy.” It’s from the Fox station in Chicago, which is now streaming video online from “Air Fox Live” during the “Good Day Chicago” morning show and any time the chopper is up during breaking news. The helicopter’s GPS data plots its location on a Google map. And there may be more to come. “We want to create a map that shows all the Fox helicopters and all the live feeds at once…but this is a good beginning,” says news director Andrew Finlayson. The station previously set up LiveNewsCameras, where you can watch live video feeds from stations all over the country (not just Fox stations).
Posted on May 20, 2008 by Deborah Potter