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July 28, 2008

Cool surprising feature in Google Earth

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I haven't used Google Earth much in a little while (if, after reading this, you'll say, "well, yeah... they've had that for a long time", then you'll agree). But I've started canoeing (more on that in a later post), and was using Google Earth to decide where to go, where to put in, etc.

I tried clicking on the Street View option in Google Earth, and, after loading (which seemed, on my slow DSL link, to take a while), it showed pictures of cameras on various major roads. I clicked on one, and it zoomed in to reveal a sphere sitting in the middle of the road. This is where it got cool. You adjust the viewing angle in GEarth, and you can see, in the sphere, the pictures from Street View. Usually, in GEarth, the images you see (barring 3D buildings and elevation changes) are flat (comes with the territory from being taken from space, ya know). But this adds another level of dimension to it, where there's this row of spheres going down the road and you can zoom into any of them and look around them and everything.

Anyway, pretty cool, at least I thought.

Michael

Posted by mlv at July 28, 2008 03:57 PM

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