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Google Maps Gets Beautiful Underwater 'Street' View

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Google goes under the sea.

Google has taken its Street View tool to a lot of off-the-beaten-track locations, from the Amazon to Antarctica, but none is as crazy as the search giant's latest effort to bring us all below sea level.

 

Google this week announced that it's adding the very first underwater panoramic images to Google Maps, allowing users to explore and experience six of the ocean’s most incredible living coral reefs without having to don an oxygen tank and scuba gear. The images are a result of a partnership between Google and The Catlin Seaview Survey, which is a major scientific study of the world’s reefs. Google's VP of Google Maps and Earth, Brian McClendon, said that the images were captured for Google Street View using a specially designed underwater camera dubbed the SVII. The Catlin Seaview Survey explains that the SVII captures rapid-fire 360 degree images every three seconds while traveling at a speed of roughly 4kmph. These images are then stitched together to create the virtual dive effect that Google Street View now offers.

The complete under water collection is available at maps.google.com/ocean. We recommend stopping by the sea turtles swimming at Heron Island Resort.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 26, 2012 4:50 PM
    Meanwhile, iOS 6 maps...
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    house70 , September 26, 2012 4:59 PM
    Google is just minding it's own business, even though it looks like it's rubbing it in (to Apple).
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    bustapr , September 26, 2012 5:00 PM
    i really like this idea. looking around at panoramic pictures of the most awesome coral reefs on the planet is an amazing thing for educational purposes and if you just want to look at awesome stuff. more respects to google being awesome.
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    Anonymous , September 26, 2012 5:05 PM
    Doesn't the bicycle sink?
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    freggo , September 26, 2012 5:05 PM
    Gotta love understatement :-)
    While Apple is learning how to make basic maps work Google goes under water.
    Now we need a waterproof Android phone so we can navigate between the turtles.
    Also I don't think there is any GPS reception down there.
    Does anyone here know?
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    Netherscourge , September 26, 2012 5:16 PM
    According to Apple Maps in iOS 6, there's a now a coral reef running through Central Park in NYC.

    Siri can't seem to navigate me there though...?
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    Anonymous , September 26, 2012 5:25 PM
    Are they invading those turtles privacy?
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    GhosT94 , September 26, 2012 5:27 PM
    Awesome idea , good job google
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    jackbling , September 26, 2012 5:28 PM
    capt nemoAre they invading those turtles privacy?


    I demand face blurring.
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    stuart72 , September 26, 2012 8:44 PM
    freggoNow we need a waterproof Android phone so we can navigate between the turtles


    Motorola Defy. Not sure you can dive with it (they say water resistant) but i've dunked it quite a few times now and it still lives.

    To answer your last question.

    The GPS doesn't appear to work underwater, but i'm indoors and the GPS is a bit ropey in here anyway. I'll try it in the garden this weekend. Keep you posted
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    livebriand , September 26, 2012 11:13 PM
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    Oh shoot, I missed it because I was using iOS 6 maps...
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