Google Street View has a strange side. Here’s how to find it
Once upon a time, a man was searching in the back seat of a white car in Ontario. I don’t know what he was looking for. But one day he will be known as Tripod Man.
The Tripod Man got his nickname not because of his photographic skills, but because someone at Google stitched his pictures together so that they end up with three legs. Then they posted it online.
It’s the chaos of Google Street View.
For Google engineers, the purpose of Street View is clear. Drive, bike, walk and travel the world, taking pictures of everything along the way and combining them to create a 360-degree view of different places you can enjoy online. Are the camels on the way? Does not matter. Are slides the only way to get around? Someone enters. Panorama images do not match? Tripod man.
There’s even a 360 of the International Space Station in Street View – the sky really isn’t the limit in this corner of the internet. And now Neal Agarwal, a developer best known for his online persona neal.fun, has taken the messy beauty of Google Street View and turned it into a smart online app that will take hours of your time.
It’s called the Wonders of Street View, and with the click of a button, this site will take you to hundreds of randomly creepy, impressive, artistic, weird, and thought-provoking add-ons to Google’s revolutionary mapping system. Arguably the best parts.
“I spent weeks compiling a list of weird and wonderful places from articles and lists, and then trying to find them on Google Street View,” Agarwal said. “Other people have also shared strange places and anomalies they’ve found in Street View over the years, so I tried to find them and add them. I think I’ve spent dozens of hours on Street View in the last month.”
I mean, flipping through, I noticed an abandoned mining town in Montana that looked a lot like one of the towns in Red Dead Redemption II. In Kenya, I saw a cute crew of elephants shaded under a tree as Google’s Street View camera passed by.
Slide up to the sand dunes of Abu Dhabi and the tech giant is so dedicated to the bit that it has installed cameras on the backs of camels to capture the UAE in all its glory. Finland seems to have a playground of colorfully dressed fences worthy of both a Disney movie and a nightmare.
Constantly clicking through Agarwal’s collection of Google Street View Hall of Fame is both rewarding and relaxing.
“I think Street View represents our dream of navigating the world from the comfort of our homes,” Agarwal said. “When I was a teenager, I remember spending hours on Street View, traveling to different countries and learning a lot. world”.
If you’re not familiar with StumbleUpon, a few years ago it was considered a cure for boredom. All you have to do is go to the StumbleUpon website, click a button, and a wonderful corner of the internet will appear on your screen. There were unique games, research items, and random sites that changed color when you pressed different arrow keys. That’s exactly what Agarwal’s space programs, including the Asteroid Launch Simulator, could have done.
Currently, according to Agarwal, Wonders of Street View has about 300 locations to explore. “The site integrates views from Google Maps,” he said. “I would love to add more street scenes! If anyone finds something cool about Street View, please send it to me.”
When asked about his favorite place at the moment, Agarwal said that while the most spectacular view is from the ISS, his number one is called the Instant Ramen Tunnel at the Cup and Noodle Museum in Japan.
“A close second,” Agarwal said, “would be the tripod man.”
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