Google’s Skybox can predict the next iPhone launch using satellite imagery

Skybox Imaging, an intelligence company that focuses on bringing the power of satellite imagery to other businesses, was recently acquired by Google. But a new profiling of the company done by The Wall Street Journal reveals some very interesting information that will no doubt change how we look at things related to privacy and mapping.

The company most notably is aiming 2018 for the year the company will truly achieve its current goals:
By the time its entire fleet of 24 satellites has launched in 2018, Skybox will be imaging the entire Earth at a resolution sufficient to capture, for example, real-time video of cars driving down the highway. And it will be doing it three times a day.
With Google being the current owner of the company, we will almost surely see this technology come to Maps, and I would predict that the data this imaging company gathers will come to many of Google’s other offerings as well. But one of the things that The Wall Street Journal noted is that it could also have implication on business strategy. For instance, Skybox says that they’re already looking at Foxconn watching the number of trucks to predict when the next iPhone will launch.
Outside of Google, Skybox executives have long term plans to start offering the data that the company collects for a yet-to-be-determined fee.
[The Wall Street Journal via MacRumors]


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