DIY Street View
When I recently scouted for suitable test locations for our compass/tilt-enabled mobile app prototype, I thought it would be nice to have some sort of Google Street View-like panoramas of our potential test areas – so I could better discuss them with colleagues and roughly estimate some basic geometry paramters for each location (like e.g. development density, building dimensions, relative distances and such).
Doing a quick-and-dirty mashup for this turned out to be easier than expected: I snapped a few images with my digital camera, stitched them together with a demo version of a software called PTGUI and uploaded them to CleVR, a free service that has a great embeddable Flash panorama viewer. (CleVR can also stitch images, though I haven’t tried that yet.)
And the best part: since I had already mapped out the locations on a Google Map, I could just drop the CleVR player into the pop-up info windows of the markers, creating an almost street-view-ish experience!
The panoramas were originally meant for internal use only, so I didn’t spend much time on aesthetics and quality (e.g. there’s lots of cars cut in half, and people appearing on the images one and a half times). But still, I thought the results looked really cool (especially considering the low effort that went into them), so I thought I’d put up a copy of the mashup here for everyone to see.
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