Friday, April 25, 2014

Street View in 3d

We've already seen some amazing applications built with the GSVPanoDepth Street View depth library.

HyperlapseMB uses the depth information hidden in Street View data to create a nice motion blur effect to an animated Street View drive. Urban Jungle is a fantastic website that allows you to view Street View scenes enhanced with some virtual jungle greenery. This effect is also made possible by of the undocumented depth data stored in Street View.

Now thanks to GSVPanoDepth and some awesome hacking by Callum Prentice you can now step into a 3d version of Street View made up of a point cloud representation of the Street View depth data.

Once immersed in the point cloud representation of Street Cloud you can spin around 360 degrees, look up and down and even view the original Google Maps Street View. After you've checked out the point cloud representation of your house (you know you're going to do it) why not type in '210 W 46th St, New York, United States' to view Times Square (pictured above).

Hat-tip: Google Street View World

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