We all know what Google Maps is, and how we pass away our time on it, most of the times looking at our own apartment and locality. And we also know that, it basically has no competition in its sector, its mapping system is by far the best. We already saw what a disaster Apple’s own 3D maps turned out to be.
In today’s article, we are going to look at the next frontier for Google Maps’ Street View, which will be the depths of the oceans and seas. Google has already released the first areas that can be explored in a 360-degree panoramic view, and we’ve got to say – they look quite impressive!
Today we’re adding the very first underwater panoramic images to Google Maps, the next step in our quest to provide people with the most comprehensive, accurate and usable map of the world. With these vibrant and stunning photos you don’t have to be a scuba diver—or even know how to swim—to explore and experience six of the ocean’s most incredible living coral reefs. Now, anyone can become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau and dive with sea turtles, fish and manta rays in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii.
Google has partnered with The Catlin Seaview Survey and has managed to secure a very special Seaview SVII underwater camera. As of now, there are only two units of this camera in existence. It’s capable of taking one 360-degree shot every three seconds, along with geo-location and camera direction data.
Whether you’re a marine biologist, an avid scuba diver or a landlocked landlubber, we encourage you to dive in and explore the ocean with Google Maps. Check out our complete underwater collection, featuring a Google+ underwater Hangout from the Great Barrier Reef.
As you can imagine, there’s very long road ahead of the Google Maps team, but by looking at these first shots, we’re more than certain that this giant effort is worth it.
Source: Google Maps
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