Geospatial World: Copenhagen to use Google Street View to keep pollution in check. “With an aim to measure the air pollution of Copenhagen, the Danish capital’s municipality revealed that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Google. The air quality measuring equipment will be mounted on Google Street View cars which will help to measure the actual pollution levels throughout the city.”
Lifehacker: How to Make Your Own Virtual Reality Tours with Google Street View. “Google’s done more than almost any other company to bring virtual reality to the masses, from making cheap Cardboard headsets to giving the public easy ways to create and share 360-degree photos. Now the company is giving VR fans another way to dive in with a new tool called Tour Creator. The service lets you quickly create and share VR tours of your favorite locations from all over the world, pulling from Google Street View along with your own 360-degree pictures. Here’s what you need to know to get started.”
Zee Business: Google Street View can estimate travel patterns in cities: Study. “Google Street View has the potential to estimate how common cycling is in cities, and potentially other travel patterns too, a study has found. The analysis of 2,000 Google Street View images from 1,000 random locations in each of 34 cities in the UK found strong agreement with data on cycling, and public transport and motorbike use, said researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK.”
PocketGPSWorld: GeoGuessr A Google StreetView Game For Everyone. “I happened across this site by happy accident yesterday and it’s quite a lot of fun! GeoGuessr is a a web game whereby you are presented with Google StreetView images and are asked to guess the location of the image by placing a pin on a map. The more accurate your guess and the closer to its origin the more points you score.” This is an interesting game. I’m kind of crap at it.
Irish News: You can relive last year’s solar eclipse thanks to Google Maps. “Google Street View is an endless treasure trove of unintentional discoveries, but this one might eclipse them all. A Google Street View car driving through a Missouri road captured the otherworldly scenes of last year’s solar eclipse. The vehicle’s 360-degree camera travelled through McKelvey Hill Drive in Maryland Heights, Missouri, as the sky briefly turned to night during last year’s phenomenon.”
Google Blog: Shellebrating Christmas Island’s extraordinary nature with Street View and Google Earth. “In December, we took the Street View trekker to Christmas Island, a remote tropical territory of Australia just south of Indonesia. With Parks Australia, we joined the island’s red crabs as they marched in the millions from the forest to the sea for their annual migration. Now it’s time to shellebrate. Starting today on Google Maps Street View and Google Earth, you can explore Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands’ unique wildlife, dazzling ocean vistas and lush rainforests, including the grand finale of the red crab migration—the spawning. “
CBC: How a stationary bike, paired with Google Street View, helps seniors with dementia. “Residents at an Oshawa, Ont., retirement home are among the first people in the country to try an innovative therapy for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients called the BikeAround. The device combines a stationary bicycle, a dome-shaped projector and Google Street View technology. Users sit on the bike and are able to pedal through video of meaningful destinations — a childhood home, a vacation destination, the spot they were married — projected onto the screen in front of them.”