Google Street View Invites Users to Create Their Own Street View Collection
The Street View team even put together a behind-the-scenes look showing how they captured the Street View imagery in Venice, despite the complications of the canals and narrow walkways. In October, Street View cameras began capturing the emotional power of thousands of military graves at Virginia's Arlington National Cemetery, as well as the first-ever Street View images from Africa's Swaziland. The Arlington project is being conducted by Google photographers who are walking through the honored cemetery area by area, equipped with one of the special panoramic Google Trekker cameras mounted on a backpack. The project is slated for completion by May 2014, just before Arlington National Cemetery will commemorate its 150th anniversary. Literally millions of photographs are being collected. The images being captured in the African nation of Swaziland will illustrate the fourth African nation to be featured in Street View, according to Google. In August, Street View released images of some of the world's most spectacular zoos and wildlife parks so that online viewers can see a wide assortment of wild animals from around the world right on their own computers and mobile devices. Using Street View, online visitors can now see panda bears eating bamboo plants and tumbling around the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, where more than 30 percent of this endangered species lives in a conservation and breeding facility. The new Street View images also include other animal parks around the world, including the San Diego Zoo, as well as zoos in Houston, Atlanta and Chicago in North America.
In July, Google Street View cameras captured fun images inside the Harry Potter Studio in London to give viewers an inside tour of the world of the popular book and movie character. The images cover a portion of the inner sanctum of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, where the sets and scenery from the beloved Harry Potter films are on display for visitors in real life, from the inside of The Great Hall to the oft-seen cobblestones of Diagon Alley, where Harry and his friends began their adventures. Now, instead of jetting off to London, Harry Potter fans can explore part of that Studio Tour—the infamous Diagon Alley marketplace—using the 360-degree views and full-color imagery provided by Street View for their virtual tour.