Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New amazing feature: Google Maps in 3D

Do you wanna visit the house of Ana Frank in Amsterdam, or the museum Louvre in Paris, or any other place of our precious planet? You can now do that, from your home, with the new feature of the Google Maps.
Google Maps has introduced new feature that allows 3D photo tour, through 15,000 popular places worldwide, including Buckingham Palace, Fontana di Trevi, Central Park and many others.

To find these photos, enter a specific place in Google Maps and on the left side of the screen you will see results who'll indicate if that photo-tour is available.
For viewing the photographs would have to include the WebGL option of the Google Map, which allows 3D graphics to the browser without installing additional software.
Google uses "advanced techniques of computer vision" to create a 3D tour of public photos of users set to Picasa and Panoramio, wrote   Steve Seitz, Software Engineer, Google Maps  on his blog.
"Google Maps then chose the best pictures and add 3D with seamless transition that takes you from one corner to another, so you have the impression like you're flying around."

I tried it and this feature is truly amazing. Again, nice job by Google.