I just open sourced the globe behind the Realtime Bitcoin Globe. When I published the globe almost a year ago it was based on this awesome project by the Google Data Arts team. That project is great for plotting data in a very specific way (a
barchart plotted in 3d on a 3d earth. At that time it took me quite a bit of hacking to make it work for my needs.
I just got around to rewriting the globe from scratch (well, on top of three.js) and I figured why not open source it.
The main idea is that you can use it as a base for showing something that is happening in realtime somewhere on earth. It currently only supports two different block types (a static one, and a “levitating” one that gets pulled out of the earth), but adding more should be fairly straight forward. I am open to pull requests.
I already made one for showing realtime bitcoin transactions, but you can use the globe as a base for:
- Showing tweets with a specific hashtag in realtime.
- Showing instagram posts with a specific tag in realtime (with a preview for example).
- Showing visitors on your website in realtime.
- Showing realtime airplanes in the sky.
- Showing realtime foursquare checkins at fish restaurants.
- Showing users of your app in realtime.
- Whatever you can think of!