Helping Humans
find the Sun.

The Sun is a prerequisite for life on Earth and Shadowmap is the tool to understand it.

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Sun & Shadow

Shadowmap visualizes light and shadow on an interactive 3D web-based map, considering buildings*, vegetation* and terrain. For any moment in time, anywhere on Earth.

*Currently: Vienna. Soon: The rest of the world.

Georg about his vision and further plans with Shadowmap

Features

Shadowmap not only shows the Sun in the sky, it also simulates accurate shadows in a precise virtual environment.

Photography2

Precise solar shadows

anywhere on Earth, anytime. Simultaneous visualization of the Sun's accurate position in the sky.

Iphone mock

Interactive realtime visualization

directly in your web browser on any desktop computer, smartphone or tablet. Instant-on, without installation.

Maui

Global 3D terrain

enables realistic shadow scenarios by respecting topographic features.

Stephansdom

Detailed 3D buildings

and vegetation in cities like Vienna. Cities worldwide will be available soon.

Worldwide timezones

Support for international time zones

provides accurate information on local time, sunrise and sunset for any location worldwide.

Development

We don’t stop here

Shadowmap is currently in a public beta phase. The app is continuously optimized and extended by additional features. We aim high.

Compare Shadowmap with the harsh reality
Brennerin Attersee Sim Original
Brennerin Attersee Real Modified

The "Brennerin" at lake Attersee, Upper Austria: On January 6th, 2014, during sunset at 15:56. Note the precise shadow boarder on the mountain base.

Siebensternplatz Sim Original
Siebensternplatz Real Modified

Siebensternplatz, Vienna: At February 5th, 2020, 14:01, as seen from Café 7stern.

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Use cases

Just like the Sun impacts our daily lives in so many ways, Shadowmap's use cases are multidisciplinary.

Operngasse flat
Hoehenstraße
Operngasse top

Objective and comprehensible advertising of solar exposure of real estate. Projects – whether already realized or in planning – can be textured and integrated into Shadowmap at highest quality during any state of their development. Even enabling the visualization of lighting scenarios of individual apartments. You are a real estate broker and want to present your property in the best possible, interactive way? Get in contact.

From an apartment seeker's perspective: Thanks to objective and realistic lighting simulation you save yourself from unpleasant surprises after the purchase.

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Photography
Stephansdom against sun
Stephansdom with sun
Donauturm

Comprehensive planning of shootings to the minute. 
With regard to buildings, vegetation and terrain.

Compared to Augmented Reality applications, Shadowmap not only shows the position of the Sun in the sky – which at the same time requires you to be physically present at the location in question – but also visualizes the expected shadow and light situation. Worldwide, without actually being there.

In the future, visualizations of Golden/Blue Hour and other photography-specific features are planned. You have further ideas? Let us know.

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Maui top down
Ski and Snowboarding in Revelstoke
Mout Meru and Kilimanjaro

See the sunrise at Mount Meru, estimate the avalanche risk on your next skiing-trip, or simply start your descent to Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida at the right time: Shadowmap allows you to reliably integrate the Sun into your adventures.

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Solar skyscraper
Solar facade
Solar shadowmap

Due to their two-dimensional nature, many solar cadasters are limited to the solar potential of roofs alone. Vertical surfaces, such as facades or balconies, fall under the table.

Shadowmap, however, thanks to its 3D data sources along with 3D visualization, is able to illustrate their solar potential as well. This is particularly interesting for rented apartments in urban areas, where roof modifications are often prohibited.

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Lightyear one
Solar car parking
Solar car routing

Our favorite utopian use case: The solar car. Lightyear is working on the Lightyear One – a sleek solar car that can reach a maximum speed of 12 km/h – no, not driving – but charging. In the Sun. From an energy perspective, it suddenly becomes relevant where to park the car. Shadowmap has a prototypical feature to visualize solar shadows over time: This makes it possible to integrate parking spaces into route- and energy-planning.

Other car manufacturers are discovering the Sun as an energy source as well and are designing solar car roofs or trunk covers, as Tesla is doing with the Cybertruck.

Navigation with priority for Sun-exposed roads (or even those in the shade for non-solar powered vehicles) is also a potential upcoming feature.

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Outdoor seating restaurant

Shadowmap will help you to find a nice sunny place in the pub on an autumn afternoon. Or just the opposite in hot midsummer.

You own a restaurant and would like to show how your beautiful Schanigarten* is illuminated by the Sun? Please write us.

*Viennese for outdoor seating area

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Urban gardening top
Outdoor gardening
Balconies

Would you like to use your terrace or balcony for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs? Or do you even have a garden? Shadowmap helps you to find the right place for the planned patch by simply simulating the incidence of sunlight at different times of the year and day.

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Real Estate

Objective and comprehensible advertising of solar exposure of real estate. Projects – whether already realized or in planning – can be textured and integrated into Shadowmap at highest quality during any state of their development. Even enabling the visualization of lighting scenarios of individual apartments. You are a real estate broker and want to present your property in the best possible, interactive way? Get in contact.

From an apartment seeker's perspective: Thanks to objective and realistic lighting simulation you save yourself from unpleasant surprises after the purchase.

Try out now
Operngasse flat
Hoehenstraße
Operngasse top

Photography

Comprehensive planning of shootings to the minute. 
With regard to buildings, vegetation and terrain.

Compared to Augmented Reality applications, Shadowmap not only shows the position of the Sun in the sky – which at the same time requires you to be physically present at the location in question – but also visualizes the expected shadow and light situation. Worldwide, without actually being there.

In the future, visualizations of Golden/Blue Hour and other photography-specific features are planned. You have further ideas? Let us know.

Try out now
Photography
Stephansdom against sun
Stephansdom with sun
Donauturm

Sport & outdoor

See the sunrise at Mount Meru, estimate the avalanche risk on your next skiing-trip, or simply start your descent to Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida at the right time: Shadowmap allows you to reliably integrate the Sun into your adventures.

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Maui top down
Ski and Snowboarding in Revelstoke
Mout Meru and Kilimanjaro

Solar energy

Due to their two-dimensional nature, many solar cadasters are limited to the solar potential of roofs alone. Vertical surfaces, such as facades or balconies, fall under the table.

Shadowmap, however, thanks to its 3D data sources along with 3D visualization, is able to illustrate their solar potential as well. This is particularly interesting for rented apartments in urban areas, where roof modifications are often prohibited.

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Solar skyscraper
Solar facade
Solar shadowmap

Solar cars

Our favorite utopian use case: The solar car. Lightyear is working on the Lightyear One – a sleek solar car that can reach a maximum speed of 12 km/h – no, not driving – but charging. In the Sun. From an energy perspective, it suddenly becomes relevant where to park the car. Shadowmap has a prototypical feature to visualize solar shadows over time: This makes it possible to integrate parking spaces into route- and energy-planning.

Other car manufacturers are discovering the Sun as an energy source as well and are designing solar car roofs or trunk covers, as Tesla is doing with the Cybertruck.

Navigation with priority for Sun-exposed roads (or even those in the shade for non-solar powered vehicles) is also a potential upcoming feature.

Try out now
Lightyear one
Solar car parking
Solar car routing

Gastronomy

Shadowmap will help you to find a nice sunny place in the pub on an autumn afternoon. Or just the opposite in hot midsummer.

You own a restaurant and would like to show how your beautiful Schanigarten* is illuminated by the Sun? Please write us.

*Viennese for outdoor seating area

Try out now
Outdoor seating restaurant

Urban gardening

Would you like to use your terrace or balcony for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs? Or do you even have a garden? Shadowmap helps you to find the right place for the planned patch by simply simulating the incidence of sunlight at different times of the year and day.

Try out now
Urban gardening top
Outdoor gardening
Balconies

Shadowmap Pro

Rely on Shadowmap Pro to save time and money in professional contexts. Or start right away with our free offer.

For limited time only: Shadowmap Pro is free of use during our beta phase 🤙

Free
Pro

Find the Sun (and shadow) worldwide

Global 3D terrain
Mountains, valleys, river courses, etc.

3D buildings
Currently in Vienna. Soon worldwide.

Camera perspective

Fixed
Top-down perspective with continuous zoom

Flexible
Adjust perspective without constraints to visualize, e.g., facades

Time

Limited
Sunrise and sunset (for romantics & sungazers 😎) plus 3h-intervals from noon

Flexible
Adjust time down to minute-precision

Date

Limited
Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Flexible
Thousands of years into the past and future (not yet tested 🤫)

We work hard on new features, worldwide coverage and improved performance. Not enough? Send us a feature request.