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Detroit’s Rapid Decline Captured in Past Google Street Views

Monday 06.16.2014 , Posted by
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Once famous as the prosperous hub of automobile manufacturing in the US, Detroit is now far better known for its precipitous fall into dilapidated ruin. Nothing makes that more apparent than a look back through Googles recently released Street View “time machine” feature. Here we can cruise the streets of Motor City in years past, marveling at how alarmingly quick the city has crumbled. [Read more…]

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Google Sent One Man to a Deserted Japanese Island… to Map It

Monday 05.26.2014 , Posted by
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Forget roads. Google is more and more frequently found mapping the entire face of the planet, often with their 360 degree recording, backpack-based Google Trekker. In one recent adventure, they sent one man to document abandoned Hashima island off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. With buildings deteriorating so quickly that it’s reported you can hear concrete collapse when the wind blows, it could be the Trekker’s most dangerous foray yet. Don’t worry about wearing a hard hat though – you can now tour the island from the safety of your screen. [Read more…]

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Live Out Your Childhood Astronaut Dreams…Virtually

Friday 08.03.2012 , Posted by

Almost all kids go through a phase in life where they think they want to be an astronaut when they grow up. What could be more amazing than riding on a rocket ship to outer space? Now you can walk in the shoes of an astronaut in virtual visits to Kennedy Space Center. NASA and Google Street View have collaborated, offering 6,000 panoramic views of the facilities, including the space shuttle launch pad, Vehicle Assembly Building, and Launch Firing Room #4. With this virtual tour, you can get up close and personal with the engine that has the power to generate 400,000lbs of thrust and see Space Shuttle Orbiters—the Atlantis and Endeavour from any angle you choose. You may not be able to taste the freeze dried ice cream from the gift shop, but this is an awesome project for space lovers and astronaut-wannabes of all ages! [Read more…]

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Game Changer: Camera Creates 3D Rooms in Minutes

Wednesday 04.11.2012 , Posted by

When it comes to the task of creating 3D images of interiors, complete with furniture and a myriad of colors and textures, the job until now has been highly labor intensive. Now, a new system called Matterport is doing that same job in only a matter of minutes, and making it almost as easy as using a point and shoot camera. The devise, based closely on the Xbox Kinect (in fact the prototype was literally this), uses twin lenses on a hand held unit which connects to a laptop. By simply walking around the room and “painting it,” a mass of depth and color information is collected and interpreted into a 3D environment. [Read more…]

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The Top 25 Most Extraordinary Google Streetviews

Thursday 03.08.2012 , Posted by

Ever since Google came out with its street view feature the world has become a lot more accessible. With just a few clicks you can find yourself walking down the Rue de Rivoli or exploring the Australian Outback. Every once in a while though, the Google car camera catches something so extraordinary that it makes you stop in your tracks (your clicks?). The 25 images below range from soldiers to polar nights, from Parisian lovers to burning vehicles, all of them a testament both to modern technology and the strange yet interesting world we inhabit. [Read more…]

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Beauty Captured By Google Street View

Tuesday 11.22.2011 , Posted by

It’s hard to believe these dreamy photographs came from the top of a speeding Google Street View car, but that’s just where photographer Aaron Hobson found them. The images follow in the footsteps of his ongoing “Cinemascapes” series, where like a landscape loving Cindy Sherman, he creates wide format images that appear to have jumped from the silver screen. [Read more…]

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