Google now lets photographers create own Street View tours
The new feature takes the 360-degree panoramic photo spheres taken with Android smartphones or digital SLRs and links them together to create a custom virtual tour.
Google has launched a new feature that puts you behind the wheel of Street View.
Well, Google doesn't literally give you the keys to one of its camera-rigged vehicles, but the Web giant is now letting photographers create personalized Street View experiences that can be shared with others. Google suggested in a company blog post Monday announcing the new feature that the tool could be used to share hiking trails or create virtual tours of a local shop.
The new feature, part of the Android smartphones or digital SLRs and links them together to create a custom virtual tour. Once the connected photo spheres are published, users can navigate between them on Google Maps, just as they do in Street View., takes the 360-degree panoramic photo spheres taken with
"We are excited to see the different types of Street View experiences that everyone will contribute," Evan Rapoport, product manager for Google Maps & Photo Sphere, wrote in the post. "It...opens up a new tool for photographers to showcase diversity in a specific location -- by times of day, weather conditions or cultural events -- in a way that Street View currently doesn't cover."
Rapoport used the new feature to showcase a recent vacation he took to the UK:
[Via The Next Web]