Google Maps updates Street View rendering and controls

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.11.49 AM Google has detailed a slew of updates over at its Developers Blog aimed at making Street View rendering less crummy, courtesy of some tweaks to the Maps JavaScript API. Among the resulting improvements are smoother transitions from place to place, thanks to more frames and better loading animations, as the system has switched from repeating old images, which resulted in a stuttering effect to… Read More

Google brings the Iditarod to Street View

IMG_0521 Alaska is home to one of the toughest endurance events in the world: the Iditarod — a 1000+ mile dog sled race across the vast wilderness that is the U.S.’s northernmost state. Most of us will never get to see this race in person (or participate in it), but you can now experience a part of the race with the help of Google Street View. Last year, Google put its Street View Trekker on… Read More

Experience Street View In Virtual Reality With Google Cardboard

image00 (1) A lot of us chuckled when we saw Google Cardboard for the first time, but it’s actually quite genius. Google shared today that its virtual reality experience Google Cardboard is now available in 39 languages and over 100 countries for both Android and iOS. The developer docs are now in 10 languages, to make the VR experience even more worldwide. The 15 million installs of Cardboard apps… Read More

Google’s New Street View App Less You Browse 360-Degree Imagery, Share Your Own Panoramic Photos

SVapp (1) It’s no “street view for cats,” but Google’s newly launched Street View mobile app does promise to make it easier to explore Google Map’s immersive, 360-degree imagery as well as contribute your own photos to improve the overall Google Maps experience. The app, which is actually an update and rebrand of Google’s older “Photo Sphere Camera”… Read More

Google Maps Now Lets You Scale Yosemite’s El Capitan Mountain

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 9.15.36 AM El Capitan is already something I associate almost by default with Mac OS X, but it was a real mountain before that – millions of years before Apple previewed OS X 10.11, in fact, though it only got its name in 1851. Anyways, it’s the real mountain, not the Apple operating system, that Google now lets you virtually climb in Google Maps with its first ever vertical Street View… Read More

Google Street View Now Lets You Explore The Amazon Jungle Via Zip-Line

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.21.12 AM If you’ve ever fancied flying through the Amazon jungle, then there’s good news because Google’s got your back. Virtually speaking. Read More

Google Turned A Camel Into A Street View Car To Map The Liwa Desert

trekker-camel-desert Google took to the sands to expand its globe-spanning Street View imagery, using its Trekker camera pack modified and mounted to an actual camel’s hump to capture photos from the Liwa Desert, a pristine wonderland straight out of fantasy tales in the United Arab Emirates. The use of camels was meant to avoid having any kind of impact on the surrounding environment, which has played home… Read More

Google Launches Street View Imagery For All 12 World Cup Stadiums In Brazil

png;base645ff88b180167aa2b The first game of the 2014 soccer football World Cup in Brazil is scheduled to kick off a week from now and — in what’s slowly becoming a tradition around major sports events — Google today released Street View imagery of all 12 World Cup stadiums. In addition to the stadiums themselves, Google also took its cameras to the areas around the venues, as well as numerous other… Read More

Google Lets You Peek Behind The Scenes Of Its Treks Street View Tours With Stunning Microsites

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Google has spent a lot of time and human hours mapping some of the more remote areas of the globe with its Trekker program, and now users have a chance to go behind the scenes and learn more about both those places and the process. Google put up a new Behind The Scenes site for the Treks Street View project, complete with video, amazing images, maps and audio and visual tours.

Besides being an awesome time-killer for when you have some hours to spare, the Trek microsites give Google a way to show off a number of its products all in one place. It combines YouTube, Maps, Maps tours, HTML5 web technologies, slideshows and more, which also has the benefit of revealing some of the greater potential of Chrome as a browser.

Currently, the Street View Treks microsites cover the Burj Khalifa, Iqaluit, Mt. Everest, the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon Basin and the Kennedy Space Center. Additional tours for the Galapagos Islands and Venice are said to be “coming soon” by Google, too.

Remember that Google is looking for organizations to help out with the Google Trekker program, so your views could be among the next featured on these microsites. Sometimes it may be tempting to question the utility of Google’s more ambitious initiatives, but as these microsites show, they sure can paint a pretty picture.

Google Brings Street View, Archival Images And Photos To The Eiffel Tower

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Google today introduced 360-degree Street View imagery of all of the main floors of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. A few weeks ago, Google introduced Street View imagery for the world’s largest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, so adding this kind of imagery isn’t exactly new anymore. What’s different this time around, however, is that the Google Cultural Institute – in cooperation with the Eiffel Tower Operating Company — used this Street View imagery to create a number of online exhibitions about the tower.

These exhibitions feature over 50 archival images, plans, engravings and photos that, says Google, tell “the story of the Eiffel Tower’s development and social impact in the 19th century.” One of the highlights of this collection is a recording of Gustave Eiffel’s voice by Thomas Edison.

Sadly, it looks like Google only got a chance to take its Street View Trolley up the Eiffel Tower on a somewhat cloudy day, so the overall view isn’t quite as spectacular as it could have been.

Over the last few months, Google has been expanding Street View’s reach into a number of new locations ranging from underwater photography around the Great Barrier Reef to the Grand Canyon and numerous zoos, canals, abandoned islands and ski slopes around the world. Just last month, Google added close to 1,000 new Street View locations in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America to its maps.

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