In the distant past, a man in Ontario dug about in the trunk of a white automobile. What he was trying to find, I can’t say. On the other hand, Tripod Man would be his moniker in the future.
Tripod Man’s moniker isn’t due to his photographic prowess, but rather to the fact that he now has three legs thanks to some clever picture editing at Google. Finally, they uploaded it on the web.
Google Street View looks like this most of the time.
The purpose of Google Street View is quite obvious to the company’s developers. Travel the world by land, sea, and air with a camera in tow, snapping photos at every turn to create a virtual reality experience we can all enjoy online. Caused by camels? It’s irrelevant. The only way to get around is on water slides? Someone is about to enter. Is there something wrong with the panorama’s alignment? Man with a Tripod.
The International Space Station can be seen in 360 degrees on Google Maps’ “Street” View, proving that the limitless expanse of the internet is not the sky. Developer Neal Agarwal, better known as his online pseudonym neal.fun, has taken the chaotic beauty of Google Street View and converted it into a slick website that can keep you engrossed for hours.
With one click, you may explore hundreds of unexpectedly eerie, amazing, creative, bizarre, and mind-blowing results of Google’s breakthrough mapping engine, which they term the Wonders of Street View. One of, if not the finest sections.
When I asked Agarwal how he came up with the idea, he said, “I spent a few weeks creating a list of unusual and intriguing locales from stories and listicles, and then I tried to discover them on Google Street View.” “There are plenty more strange places and oddities that other people have discovered on Street View that I’ve attempted to track down and include as well. During the past month, I’ve probably spent dozens of hours exploring Google Maps’ street view feature.”
In fact, I saw a peek of a ghost town in Montana while browsing through that looks like it was plucked straight out of Red Dead Redemption 2. While in Kenya, I witnessed a herd of lovely elephants enjoying some shade behind a tree.
The computer company was so committed to the job that it set up cameras on a camel’s back in the Abu Dhabi sand dunes so that they could capture the entire splendour of the United Arab Emirates. It would appear that there is a field in Finland populated by scarecrows dressed in attire appropriate for both a Disney film and a horror. To continue exploring Agarwal’s Google Street View Hall of Famers is both educational and soothing.
The desire to see the globe without leaving home is what “street view” symbolises, Agarwal added. “When I was a teenager, I would spend hours on street view, virtually travelling to new places and absorbing their cultures. I want for the site to evoke the same sense of serendipity in discovering interesting new sites as StumbleUpon.”
In case you haven’t heard of it, StumbleUpon was hailed as a way to combat boredom a few years back. If you went to the StumbleUpon website and clicked a button, an interesting part of the web would instantly load for you. There were one-of-a-kind video games, scholarly essays, and random web pages whose colours shifted in response to the directional arrows you pressed. An asteroid launch simulator like Agarwal’s would be well at home there.
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