Google Maps “Photo Tour” Feature Lets You Visit Landmarks Virtually

Google Maps is great for a many reasons that extend far beyond helping you get from point “A” to point “B” — and their newest feature is especially interesting. Dubbed “photo tours,” the new Google Maps feature allows users to take 3D tours of 15,000 different, well-known landmarks; all of which are highlighted when you follow a special link from Google.

In order to create the experience you see demoed in the above video, Google goes through a complicated process of compiling sourced photos from Picasa and Panoramio, finding overlapping photos, generating a 3D rendering based on those photos and then choosing a path through the landmark. We’re sure it’s even more complicated than it sounds, but the results speak for themselves.

(via Google LatLong Blog via The Verge)

  • Erik Lauri Kulo

    Amazing. Now I won’t have to worry about spending all of summer alone in the couch comfortably knowing that everybody else is out there providing google with source material that will allow me to visit these places from my computer.

  • Facebook Application Developer

    Pretty insightful post and video. Never thought that it was this simple after all. I had spent a good deal of my time looking for someone to explain this subject clearly and you’re the only one that ever did that.Keep it up.

  • todd baker