Why and what, who and how
The intention of OSM go is to motivate new people to use OpenStreetMap as a useful, every day tool. But also to become a contributor and improve the database. The idea was born with the hype of Pokémon GO: if the kids start to run around in the town, why not make them do something useful? Whether the idea is nicked by Pokemon, anyone may note. There are quite a few ideas for gamification and much to do yet. Some are the same as in Kort Game.
After a few days coding a first 3D View, it was so impressing that my imagination started running wild: walking or maybe “flying” through OSM in 3D (not that discouraging Pokemon style, something tidy), overlay data; one could call it "OSM-Earth". OSM-3D is also an inspiration. As we used to do with 2D maps, a 3D rendering may have additional layers like KeepRight, Wikipedia and GeoCaching. External/realtime data (trains, plains, ships). What would you expect, OpenStreetCam? And gamification is (almost) only another kind of layer.
Who: Actually there is no team behind it, just me (-karlos-) and my friend Martin as a source of helpful functions and as a discussion partner. There are good contacts with Jan (OSMBuildings) and some with Tobias (OSM2World).
I would love to have some testers for different devices. And you may contribute, even without any writing of code: submit designs for game levels, batches and so on. Support for additional levels like Wikipedia portals. And much more.
So you need an up-to-date browser and a proper graphic hardware.
Next to desktop devices, this works fine with most smartphones.
The OSM-Data is loaded by AJAX/JQuery from Overpass and rendered in 3D.
I would like to get all style data from carto.
Controls / Handling
Keyboard, Mouse, Touchscreen and Device-Orientation.
- If your device supports GPS and device-orientation-controls, OSM go will use it and show the streets and buildings around your actual position in the actual orientation. It's not yet Augmented Reality (until there will be a way to use the device camera as the background) Now you may move around in the real world and see the OSM view turn and go with you.
- Or you override GPS and orientation-control by touch gestures, mouse or keyboard.
- If you walk out of the downloaded area, an additional load may be done. Use the ALT-L keys to change to a slippy map, select a new position and klick to go into 3D-View again.
- Click/tap on an object to select it. Actual, the tag info of the object will be displayed. Click/tap no object or the sky to unselect. Actual, the tags of the marked object will be displayed. Selecting the top of the display will show a new browser tab with the objects OSM data.
The controls have been reworked generally. Now there are two ways to move and look around, the Inspection- and the Segway-Mode. Inspection is default, use the key “C” to change the mode.
Inspection is what you know from other 3D renderers like OSMBuildings: By keys, you move your point of view, by mouse or touch, you move the 3D world.
- Use the arrow keys, the first mouse key or single touch to move ahead and back, right and left on ground level.
- Use the shift key, the second mouse key or the double touch to control the direction you look at.
- Use the enter- and space key, the mouse wheel or the two finger pinch to move in view angle ahead or backward. NEW: Pinch will now (also) move up/down (as far as you are heading up/down)
- NEW: Use the triple touch to shift up/down and right/left
In Segway-Mode you move, guess what, a Segway on the ground, but not only there:
- Use the arrow keys, the first mouse key or the single touch to control the horizontal direction and drive ahead or back.
- Use the shift key, the second mouse key or double touch to look up or down and shift right or left.
- Use the enter- and space key, the mouse wheel or the two finger pinch(?) to get your Segway flying.
NEW: Experimenting with Segway: You have to break yourselve. By key-Down or: Always have a hand on the break-key ESC!
- Start OSM go with your touch-device in horizontal orientation you will be asked to start the Cardboard-Stereo-Mode.
There are some special keyboard functions:
- 0: resets the position and view angles to the point, the last OSM data was downloaded (0 and O)
- S: sets/stores the actuals position and angles into a cookie
- R: gets/restores the position and angles form that cookie
- H: Head-Up-Display with diagnostic data on/off
- D: Debug-Level +1 to 2,3,4 etc.: more log lines output
- C: Changes Control between Inspection- and the Segway-Mode
- Z: Zooms the view without moving ahead. Use the Shift key to unzoom
- L: Load OSM-Data around you position (temporary solution) Use Shift key to reload the Web-Page and Alt key to change to the slippy map
You may start OSM go with parameters to define the location you want to visit and to use some debug features. By default, the actual local position will be used
- lat/lon: start coordinates, latitude/longitude in grad, like ?lat=51.508080&lon=-0.097124 for the Globe Theater in London
- ele: Position above ground level
- dir: Direction horizontal of view in Grad: &dir=180 for South
- view: Angle of view up/down in Grad: &view=0 for flat, -30 for a view down from above
- tiles=n: (NEW) Number of the visible rings of tiles around the one you are on
- ’tile=0.00nn' DELETED! The size of a tile. The default tile height of 0.002 degree equates 222m
- ’til=17' The tile-level. The default level 17 results in about 120m (see Slippy_map_tilenames)
- card: Cardboard/Stereo-mode: &card=1/0 switches on/off. There will be a two color mode later
- con: Changes Control between Inspection- (=1) and the Segway-Mode (=2)
- hei: Set all undefined buildings to as you like it. Override the default height-by-foodprind
- sha: Show/hide shadows: &sha=1/0
- abs: Abstract nodes like "public_transport" visible? &abs=1/0 Default is off
- sub: Se below ground (experimental)
- keep: Show Keepright-Errors: &keep=1
- f: (NEW) Find/filer the OSM-Tags and IDs for a string. Other objects will be transparent. With "&f=+string”, the others will be rendered als grid. "&f=!string” will mark the found objects with huge yellow spikes.
- fps: Set the minimum FPS (frames per second) Next to this limit the far view will be limited. Default is 5
- osm: To simulate some OSM-Data without download: &osm=0
- gps: To simulate some GPS coordinates: &gps=1
- hud: Head-Up-Display with diagnostic data on, also "frames per second": &hud=1
- dbg: Debug-output level: &dbg=0 means all console.log of
Licnece and Sources
- If you like to use my sources, have fun! And please tell me. It seems common, so I declare this source as under GPL :-)
Components and states
We would like to have more testers! Now, most tests are done with
- Firefox (macOS, Windows)
- Firefox (iOS 9/iPhone6, Android/china?)
- Safari (iOS 9/iPad2)
There have been no remarkable problems with Chrome and MS-IE. At this place should be a detailed list of what's tested (versions!), ok or fault
There is still the question what gameplay is useful. Is there common interest to play this kind of “game”, anyway?
Just to start, we will do OSM-useless point collecting: Any healthy walked step counts, find and go to hydrants and water dispenser. Another intended feature is: if the player wants, he may set himself and its walks "visible" to all other players.
Really fun comes up with OSM-useful things: Check if a shop, contained in OSM, still exists; the older the last verification, the more points you get. Verify, update or insert tags of the shop. Note new house numbers. Is a way really a dead-end or did the first mapper run out of time/enthusiasm? Enter new POI or even totally new ways.
At that moment OSM, data get changed by the "game", it gets critical and needs verifying. We could start with less critical tags like building:level or hight. Editing "in world" and see the buildings rise and change roof style while changing "online" should be motivating and fun.
A lot helps a lot: If three players claim the same, it will be rather correct, and only now, it will be taken over to the OSM data. It is also a good idea, to put edits into an intermediate pool, used by “real” OSMer to load them into an editor and verify them.
If you have more gameplay ideas and features, tell us. We will ad them in this OSM wiki page.
Doing the first code to render OSM, there was a "Pokemon-mode". It is rather easy to render just some ways and buildings. When a Map-Style-Import is done, there will be this style again :)
The Idea of gamification will work. I am not that good in inventing stories and promotions or drawing prizes. A player will expect an experience with high scores, competitions, batches and motivating optical effects. I would love to code such things. But I need help, may be an artist and designer to develop the whole gameplay. So if anyone would like to join, you are mostly welcome.
At a rainy Saturday, a simple game was added: Around the GPS starting point some spheres were paced above any OSM way node (see picture above). If you walk closer than 15m, they change color, twist around a bit and disappear. And you will get 100 game points :-) It needed only 65 lines of code; quite raw and without any luxury. It needs a story behind it to motivate the kids.
In 2017, the Kort_Game will come back as an App for Android and iOS. And bay be also in OSM go. Tests with the Kort-API will be done, simple visualisation of batches and ranking. The tasks will be shown as done with "Keep Right".
Klick or touch on an object in the 3D world to select it. The tag info of the marked way, building etc. will be shown in an overhead display at the top left.
Selecting the upper part of the display will show a new browser tab with the objects OSM data.
There is no edit feature yet. Next there may be an edit of building levels.
Are you looking for something special? Use the URL parameter "&f=" to find all visible OSM-objects with your string in ohne of
- the tag names,
- the tag values,
- or the OSM-ID.
If something is found, the number of findings will be presented (each time, new OSM-Datas are loaded, don't move to much) There are three display modes:
- Default is increased transparency of all other objects. Only the found objects will keep their normal color
- A prefix + (plus) will show the other objects as wireframe only
- A prefix ! (exclamation mark) will show all objects as usual but mark the found objects by a huge yellow spike. Klick on it to get details.
The simple filter string is only a first step. The Idea is, to accept an Overpass query and mark all objects, this query returns. Another Idea todo: After selecting any object and a tag. All objects with this tag/tag-value will be marked
Well, there is an description of how to get the error data records of a certain area. After some help from the Harald, this is implemented in OSM go now:
Huge blue spikes show the places. If a spike is selected, the info of the error is shown in the overhead display.
Selecting the display will show two new browser tabs with the Keepright error and the OSM objects data.
To code an edit dialog is not a challenge, just work to do. There are some problems about how to store back any notes. Harald and I are in contact. Use the URL-parameter "&keep=0/1" to show/hide the error marker
Controls / Handling
The framework THREE.js offers much examples and controls. Now views are merged into one: Screen- and Device Orientation, Stereo-Effect and GPS. The code is still messy but works, mostly.
- The compass is wrong using Android?
- Switching of stereo is messy
Also included are key, mouse and touch controls. The user handling is described above.
Overpass - Tiles - Server
Overpass may not be the best source for an extended used game/tool. There are some vector tile services and open source code to be used. An extra server will come, may be used to handle caching, intermediate edit buffers, login and user tracking and virtual user meetings. Even 3D-Models by user could be placed there. Mapzen and Mapbox offer a tile servers for low traffic users. Sounds good. It is commercial service, so I have my doubts. Are they really nice to OSM? It looks like I could take their software and run it on my on server. But they don't include all data I need. So a second, additional type of tile data catch may be needed. A vector tile could support much help, like building parts, clipping landuse, coastline data.
The “Tile Loading” has been improved. Overpass frist seemed to be slow but isn’t, since I user query.js and getJSON and optimised searches. Tag decoding and 3D object placing was moved from the download into the render cycle, sliced in short steps. Now you may even move already during the download.
NEW: There are real “Tiles” now. A download always includes a fix tile raster square. The visible OSM objects are placed on a tile area. And far away tiles will get invisible to speed up the FPS. Node-Objects sooner that ways and buildings. The objects stay in the data and become visible again, if you move to them. So if you move around a lot, you still may get out of memory. If you start OSM go, some tiles around you will be loaded one by one while you can move already without delay, well, most times, there are still some gaps.
By default, 3 rings of tiles will be visible around the one you are on. You may change this by th URL value “&tiles=n”. The default tile height of 0.002 degree equates 222m The width in m depends of the geographic height and gets smaller of the equator. To avoid small tiles the width is 0.003 degree. To much will break down the FPS. Cities are more critical. You may change that by the URL value “&tile=0.00nn”. It’s your responsibility to use sense full values.
There is a backup strategy: To avoid slow frame rates (FPS) the amount of shown objects will be reduced by setting the far view limit closer. Remote buildings and roads will get invisible. This is done automatically next to 5 fps. Use the URL parameter "&fps" to set the limit you like.
All nodes with tags are visible now. A klick on it shows all the tags in the info display. Quite a view are type-detect and show different geometries. Even some indoor features are visible now. The first geometries were: “natural"==“tree” and “barrier"==“bollard”. Entrances are yellow squares in the wall. Nodes in Building walls = "shop", "office" and "amenity" are entrances to. Other shops are still tetrahedrons but blue. The remaining types are simple red tetrahedrons. Most of them are in buildings or near building walls (shops,house-numbers). I still need code to detect the relation between this nodes and the close by buildings.
The geometries and colours originated quite spontaneous with no really systematic and are considered to be preliminary. This shows and lists the existing geometries for nodes:
- stop: red octagon on a stick
- give_way: white triangle on a stick
- traffic-sing/signal: white disk on a stick
- bus_stop/public_transport/platform: yellow sphere on a stick
- taxi: yellow cube on a stick
- guidepost: white post with markers
- memorial: grey huge block
- artwork: grey structure of blocks
- stolperstein: small red square on the ground
- wayside_cross: grey cross
- fire_hydrant: guess what? red
- street_lamp: grey post with a cylinder at the top
- clock: yellow disk on a column
- surveillance (big brother cam): red sphere on a stick
- flagpole: grey, huge, with flag
- communication mobile_phone: huge blue post with a cylinder at the top
- bench: yellow seating with bases (other tags to be interpreted yet)
- grit_bin: yellow bit box
- waste_basket: slitty conic cube
- vending_machine: yellow flat huge chest
- atm (money dispender): green flat huge chest
- public_bookcase: white flat huge chest
- toilets: brown phone box
- emergency phone: red small chest
- telephone: blue phone box (almost a TARDIS ;-)
- post_box: medium size blue box
- drinking_water: small column
- information board: white flat board
- advertising column: yellow huge column
- fountain: blue, you will recognise it
- playground: stacked red cubes
- place/suburb: high above a yellow flying cone
- postcode: high above a red dying cone
- bollard: grey stick
- highway crossing island: grey flat cone-disk on the road
- highway crossing zebra: grey stripe across the road
- waterway weir: grey wall across the water
- ford stepping stones: two grey blocks in the water
- parking: yellow square on the floor
- recycling: yellow rounded cylinder
- cycleway all: green rectangle on the road
- lift gate/barrier: horizontal grey stick on post/s
- cycle barrier: two grey U-shapes
- traffic bump: grey block across the road
- tree: green with brown trunk
- wind generator: you will see it
- picnic-/table: see below
- subway entrance: huge flat yellow block
- railway signal: black aslope sign on a stick
- railway milestone: white square on the track
- railway buffer stop: great black ramp
- seamark: blue cone (all of them. Experts are welcome)
- Shops: blue tetrahedrons
- All other nodes: red tetrahedrons
For some nodes, it is not really useful to show them:
- If it is only a level tag of a way, it will not be visible. Also if it is only a tag "created_by"
- It doesn’t make sense to show a railway- or highway-crossing, does it? It is visual by the ways anyway.
- Some more Nodes are not be visible any more (like nodes with only a level-tag). A list .. may be ;-)
What about imaginary objects like stop positions of “public_transport”? There may be a busstop sign anyway. You may want to see this “ghost objects” or not. User the new URL parameter “&abs” to decide, default is off.
- amenity=="table": Tables with stairs are dynamical generated by tags
- leisure=="picnic_table": The size is also generated by tags
- power=="generator": A wind mill is placed, even spinning
There is still a problem with exact position calulation form GPS to Meter
Walls and roofs are coloured now, thanks to Three.js. There are still some gaps: Colours outside the 130 default names (Cream), mixed names may be handled to ((light_brown, yellow-brown, dark_grey), spelling should be fixed (geez, mason). Prefixes like 0x and # are to consider to. Actual, unknown strings are displayed as sky-blue. The keys building/roof:material are still to do. Bitmaps are welcome.
If a building has no tags for height or building:levels, the height is "guest" by the footprint of the building. Still wrong but looks good. You may override this by the URL parameter "&hei=" to set all undefined buildings to as you like it. ToDo: A mode to highlight buildings with no height-tag. And a way to add the height, may be online and outdoors, may be as part of the Kort-Game
Roof shapes: The types “pyramidal” and “dome” are implemented
The tag “building:part” is used in different ways. A bank may consist of some buildings. Or a building is an outer shape for 2D rendering and the parts replace it for 3D rendering. But some times, the outer way has to remain, to show the building in total. Not always is there a relation to clarify this. The implemented code tries to guess by the nodes, the building and its parts have in common. Use the url-parameter “&bp” to force the visualisation. default 1: show parts, 0: show “outer”, -1: show neither.
It is remarkable, what art pieces are tagged by this raw Minecraft like logic. We should have a map, showing places of artwork and a competition.
Jan (OSMBuildings) asked me, how fast Three handles shadows: about 20% more rendering time. When you start now, the place around that point has shadows. To show the effect even more, a big disk flies over you. There are still some shadow options to investigate. In the Code, a virtual camera is placed at the shadow casting light. Mostly the graphic card is doing the hard work. This “camera” analyses the shapes, if they cast shadow and if this shadow is seen by the “real” camera. A greyscale bitmap is generated and placed between before the virtual world. Looks good. Todo: move the virtual with the real camera. Use the URL-parameter "&sha=0/1" to de-/activate shadows
For quite a view buildings, extruding doesn’t make much sense, especially for famous buildings like churches or monuments like the Eifel Tower. There are 3D-models of many of them. To place them in the virtual OSM world will not improve data visualisation but give an realistic view. And it’s cool anyway if you move around by mouse or with VR glasses. How to render: First the model files. I like the Idea of https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OpenBuildingModels, but its offline :-( Now there are only the two models, OSMBuildings uses:
NEW: More models: Atomium Belgium, Dubai Hotel.
OSM2WORD and other 3D-viewer seems to have a lot models. How do the do that? What about Google Scetchup? I will try to get and dynamically convert all the models. But I am sure there is a copyright prohibiting a use. How to place: The models should be in the right scale and direction. The Server should know the exact position to place them. So we only need a tag for the server/service and the model name/id. This tag has to be added to the building(s) the model replaces. Now the renderer can make them invisible. Watch it at the London Eye. Well, there is a third model but you will have to discover it somehow :) And yes, shadows do also work for models.
Level & Layer
Underground objects shouldn’t be seen above, bridges should be raised. Now the tag:level * 4m is added, also the tag:layer * 0.5m. That’s not always correct and often looks strange. We need an AI to interpret this tags nicely, don’t we? It is also a very first step to indoor mapping. The move controls now allow to look underground now.
Subways are shown as tubes now. When the tag level jumps up and down, it looks odd. It will be difficult to make smooth level changes automatically. An other attempt will be, to place negativ "height"-tags to the subway nodes.
Steps are in the 3rd dimension now. They should be connected to ways with different levels. If so, this levels will be used to show steps inclining.
- Mapzen offers Tangram. I have to check if it is possible to use it as it is or if it is open source and adaptable without to much effort.
Way without Tags
Can't be? O yes, it can. Usually its a relation, using this way as components: big areas or buildings with "holes".
Way with only two Nodes
In New York, amenity areas with two nodes caused errors. It was the type "bench". Now a rectangle to sit on is created.
Wouldn't it better to do place a single node with an angle-tag? Ok, editing is not that simple this way.
Later I got an error because a bench was tagged as area. Now, if first node = last note, it will be an area, else a way. This rule could be used in general, to be tag-variation-flexible.
Way-Nodes at the same position
Some OSM error tools know this too. And TREE-js will draw an exception if it builds the building footprint. That should be fixed but also be handled in the renderer by a workaround.
Main Tag priority
Some tags are more important than others. If it is a road or a building or a power line is a kind of "main tag". But what here is i.e both, a power and a building? Building overrides, power becomes a subtype of building. And don't expect the tags in the OSM data base to be sorted by priority, they are in alphabetic order.
Yes, this exists in OSM! Is there any sense to it? Now the code just sets the main tag back to "prior type not found yet". Usually another tag will follow anyway.
Buildings: holes and components
A building may be a way with tags only. But it also may be part of a relation as an outer way and some inner ways as "holes".
The tags may be only at the outer way or at the relation. OSM-users enjoy much freedom!
A building relation may have a outer only to be used in 2D rendering and a lot of components used for 3D rendering. There is an extra wiki page for Multipolygon logic: ToDo!
- Using HTTPS (S=Save) seems not a problem. But I get: No 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' with "Keep Right"
- Using csg2d.js looked good but the resulting list of vector2 has to much points and can't be converted into shape.
- Why is the compass sphere only transparent from below?
- Why do subway tubes cast shadow even if it is set off?
- mixed colours like "red-brown" by interpolation (blank minus underscore)
- Light sources, sun position in real-time
- street names and numbers, but where to place ...
- showing Tagged Nodes(non way)
- Packman: intermediate spheres at long way parts
As 2D-maps, OSM go may have optional layers, adding more info
- OSM.org "Notes"
- FixIt / OSM-slippy-map errors: http://www.osmbugs.org/
- OpenStreetCam (No reaction of my message)
- Mapillary is about the same but from Mapbox 
- Wikipedia - https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Contents
- Trains, ships, plains position/move in real-time
- Filtering and showing OSM data like cellular antennas
- "Virtual Edit" without disturbing OSM-data (like W3D, Second Life)
- Twitter posts next to you
- Light by night http://osmstreetlight.bplaced.net/#19/49.59415/11.00409
- POI search http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=&to=en&a=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.openstreetmap.org%2Fuser%2Frobkoch86%2Fdiary%2F38199
- Check parking grounds if private/business/public + more tags? parking time etc.
- Map the position of the entry of a building (taxi-rooting)
- Kort.ch OSM go as client?
At the moment, there are only move controls. More to add:
- 3rd person control
- Segway control (for Cardboard with move)
- Airplane control
- Quadro Copter/Ufo control
- Camera animation along a way/relation/rooting
- Collision detection
Ideas far away
- Non-OSM Fun: Lummerland, Tracy Island, Atlantis
- External 3D models proposal https://forum.openstreetmap.org/viewtopic.php?id=28248
- Check GPS to Meter calculation
- More node objects by Geometry-Matrix-Class
- Shadow camera sync to view camera
- Implement all landuse, amenity, all tags :-)
Tools, Frameworks, Utils
- Files in HTML5: http://www.html5rocks.com/de/tutorials/file/filesystem/
More or Less
- c't 2016,15,172: 3D-Rendering and more
- OSM-mascot: Elk, Rat, migratory bird, meerkat, marmot, stork, goose