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This Kickstarter project aims to create “the first map and typeface of the earth” from satellite imagery that happens to form familiar letterforms. If funded, project creators Benedikt Groß and Joey Lee intend to create a set of computer vision-driven tools and a database that will automatically identify characters—much more ambitious than I had assumed. Here is a sample data set of the kind of result they’ll generate.
Currently the project is less than $1,500 from its funding goal. Find out more at Kickstarter.+