Google Street View
Have you ever seen the Colosseum in Rome? The National Museum in London? The Museum of Modern Art in New York? Thanks to Google’s Street View you can have your own private tour of these locations all from the privacy of your computer.
From Google’s Street View webpage:
Google Maps with Street View lets you explore places around the world through 360-degree street-level imagery. You can check out restaurants, visit neighborhoods, or plan your next trip.
Google took a fleet of cars (bikes, snow mobiles, and more) and added cameras to them to record the imagery. The vehicles have motion sensors to track their positions, computers and hard drives to collect and store all of the data and GPS devices, Lasers and more.
Putting all of the recorded data together allows you to see the view as if you were actually standing at the point on the map. Not every street in every town has been recorded by the Google Streetcars (pictured above) however Google is slowly but surely adding neighborhoods each day. Here is a picture from Times Square in New York City.
One of our employees was even quick enough to snap a picture of the Google Street View car as it drove by her house. She snapped the above picture with her cell phone. Nice job NB!