Internet giant Google's long awaited and very ambitious project, Street View operations, starts in India from tomorrow, that is, from 27th May, 2011. The journey starts from Bangalore and will showcase detailed panoramic images of India's life and public locations.
The Street View is a feature of the Google Maps. You can drop the "yellow person icon" over the map of India - Bangalore and see what it shows in the coming days. In the US, the project was launched way back in 2007 and it is currently operational in 27 countries of the world. The Street View cars are branded and people would not miss them if spotted. In India, Bangalore, you can see the Trikes or the tricycles that the company has specially designed with a camera fixed on it. These three-wheel pedi cabs could be seen on the streets of Bangalore taking photos.
This advanced technology lets you explore places all over the world with 360-degree street-level photography. You can explore water bodies, landmarks and any natural beauty or physical feature on the face of the earth. It is also possible for you to navigate inside restaurants or other small work places.
The service has extended its wings to every nook and corner of the planet. The wild enthusiasm has reached even the Grand Canyons. There, inside the trekkers’ 40lb backpacks you could find 15 five-megapixel cameras. These cameras contain enough battery to last a whole day and they are positioned to have 360-degree view.
The innumerable images shot at various different places such as the narrow alleys of Spain or the snow-covered slopes of mountain ranges or the hot burning deserts will in the end be stitched together. These would then be ready for the public in a few months.
The latest development in mapping technology by Google has enabled the use of a rosette of cameras to click innumerable cities and towns in countries all over the world and make its Street View feature a massive success.
The images that were till now flat or 2D would all be transformed to 3D with 360-degree view. Internet viewers would enjoy the virtual tours of exotic places on earth with just a click of the mouse.
Areas such as the Nrityagram Dance Village will serve as some of the first locations of collecting images in the Bangalore drive. Faces and license plates will be blurred owing to the privacy issues that certainly seem to comply with the law of the land.
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