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Published on Aug 22, 2012
Google Tech Talks May 8, 2007
Designed to answer the question "What am I looking at?" when standing on a hilltop or pulled over at a scenic overlook, HeyWhatsThat.com has garnered reviews like "Just when I thought I was in danger of becoming a jaded customer of the mass mapping space, here's a site that effortlessly returns me to a state of slack-jawed wonder" (OgleEarth). In addition to peak detection and identification, it offers viewshed computations, elevation contours, elevation profiles, and integration with Google Maps and Google Earth. This talk -- given by Michael Kosowsky, designer and proprieter of HeyWhatsThat.com -- will focus on what it is and how it got to be that way.
Michael Kosowsky has more than 25 years of experience in software development, on platforms ranging from embedded microprocessors to supercomputers. Currently sole proprietor of the HeyWhatsThat.com web site, previous roles include founder and CTO of Great Point Design, where he developed its desktop photo application and web service; founder and CTO of Momentum, Inc., where he led the development and patenting of a portable client-server communications technology; and software engineer for The Jackson Laboratory and DNA Sciences, where he implemented systems for visualizing and sharing genomic data.