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October 1st, 2009
09:48 AM ET

New technology tracks movement on ground

What if you could take Google Earth, combine it with the many cameras out there watching us, and end up with a technology that lets you watch live movement from above? Traffic, football games, what’s going on at the park… all at your fingertips.  Cool or Big Brother?  In the 10a ET hour in the Newsroom, I’ll show you.

Here’s some info from

Here’s the info from the researchers at Georgia Tech, with YouTube:

Thanks to Kihwan Kim and Professor Irfan Essa.

Filed under: Heidi Collins • Josh Levs
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. John Babitskas

    Heidi, why do you keep on saying Chicago is President Obamas ADOPTED home town. The last I knew, they own a house and the kids went to school there. Of course, if you are a BIRTHER, you have different ideas, like KENYA. John in Atlanta.

    October 1, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  2. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Then you would have a scify movie turned to fact like 2001 a space odesy with an out of control computer.

    October 1, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  3. val goldenbrook

    gosh why are we even asking this question. Of course President Obama should attempt to get Olympics to the US. When the GOP says Obama is doing too much they are reminding us that their people do too little. An NO even if the Obama's don't get the Olympics to the US then at least they tried. What are we saying – don't risk for fear of loosing ground. What a wimp attitude. Go For It

    October 1, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  4. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Dosnt this technology step on the toes of the privacy act.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  5. Michael Roberts

    Airforce One to bid on olympics? whos paying for this?
    Who owns the Chicago property that the olympics are planned for?

    October 1, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  6. Katalin

    I really like how Heidi takes control over the interruption of the conversation between two people. It has gotten out of hand recently.
    She is the best!!!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  7. Kitty Collins


    Why didn't you just ask your Republican guest why they didn't say anything about former President Bush sitting in the stands for four days during the last Olympics (and tapping the volleyball players on the rear) while two wars were going on and the economy was in freefall. President Obama is going to be away for less than 24 hours. Have these people ever said one positive thing about the leader of their country? They find fault with EVERYTHING he does. How un-American is that? I'm tired of it and I'm betting than the country will soon grow tired of it. Where is the Republican health care plan than John Boehner said they were putting the finishing touches on months ago?

    Kitty Collins
    Dayton, NV

    October 1, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  8. Mrs. JC Morris

    Has anyone heard of the term MULTI-TASKING?

    Maybe if more were actually DOING THEIR JOBS, such as representing the American people instead of their SELF-INTEREST, and spend less time critizing, they would actually get some of these major issues resolved!!!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  9. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Katalin – This just showes that she has children of her own and knowes how to deal with childish fits.

    October 1, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  10. Mrs. JC Morris

    One WORD MULTI-TASKING! How about others actually DOING their jobs, spend less time criticizing !!!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  11. robert

    Michael Roberts: Yes, Airforce One. We are paying for it. Many different people. Please get a life. We needed critical citizens back in Bush's day. Now we have a president who wants peace and health and prosperity for all. He's a good man, and I believe that you know this. We will all profit, if we get the Olympics. I believe that you know this, too.

    October 1, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  12. Wayne Sobers

    There is NO political risk for our president to represent our nation. He is our "head of state". It is appalling and narrow minded that some individuals perceive that our president, committing 2-3 days to represent our nation internationally, would be to the detriment of conducting his efforts to achieve his domestic goal of health care for all of our citizens as well as a better economy.

    The obvious importance of the Olympics being staged in any of the prospective countries is illustrated by the fact that the "heads of state" of each prospective country will go to Denmark to make the case for their nation's city being selected. If Chicago is selected, it will be to the benefit to our entire nation.

    President Obama is more than capable of doing more than one thing at a time. Obviously, most of his detractor are unable to do so.

    Wayne Sobers

    October 1, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  13. David

    Someone watching over us? Or just watching us for entertainment becasue they have not been propitiated. An abuse of responsibility?

    October 1, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  14. Sandy

    can't see much difference in this new technology and others such as twitter, facebook, you tube, etc. If anyone believes these technologies are not being monitored and information being gathered then they are as naive as is the inundation of these technologies.

    texting while driving scares me more than any drunk driver, a death poll casually being posted on our President (which is against the free speech on this one!) and not monitored taboot. CNN moderates these comments. There must, must be laws in this new medium that hold people, companies accountable.

    October 1, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  15. pc

    good now big brother can watch over all of us.and keep us safe.what a country.who has the constitution this week.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  16. David

    What about the Georgia Satellites? Are they watching over us?

    October 5, 2009 at 9:38 pm |