Saturday, March 15, 2014

Street Views of the Enhanced Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle is a fantastic Google Map that allows you to view city streets in Street View enhanced with some virtual jungle greenery. Drop Pegman on the map and you can view Street View with creeping vines and grass superimposed on Google's panoramic imagery.

These enhanced Street Views are very impressive. The effect is possible because of undocumented depth data stored in Street View. Urban Jungle is able to use that data to create a depth map which can be used to plot geometry and sprites in the 3d space of the Street View panorama.

If you want to create your own enhanced Street View application you can view the Street View depth library, GSVPanoDepth, on GitHub.

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