Google Maps brings you 3D Landmarks Photo Tour

Fri 27 April 2012 09:15, Qin Hu

Google Maps brings you 3D Landmarks Photo Tour

Google keeps improving its Maps by adding new features. Recently, Google has announced another improvement of Google Map – 3D models which displays around 15,000 landmarks and major buildings around the world.

It is very simple to operate the feature; just start a normal Google Maps search (such as type Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, Roma, Italy). If there is a photo tour showing in the results, you will see the photo on the left side of the screen. Simply click the image; you will fly into an animated, full-browser view of the destination. The 3D effect will appear, and rotate and change perspective as you move around the map.

However, to use this feature, your browser should be set to WebGL enable status.


The new 3D photos are sourced from Picasa and Panaramio. Google gathered all overlapping photos around the same locations, analyzed the 3D shape of the landmark, and calculated the location and orientation of each photo. It then proceeds to select 3D, animated paths through the best photos and your journey is ready to start.

In addition, Google listed all landmarks with this 3D features. If you are interested in traveling around the world and do not have enough time for the long trip, it might be a good idea to explore all listed landmarks first. 

Going to explore Sydney Opera House now :)

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