Google Street View Now Offers Underwater Panoramas Thanks to Google Collaboration With Catlin Seaview Survey (Video)

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  • 26 Sep 2012
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  • If you can already have a sneak peak at the Moon and Mars, why not explore the deep blue sea via Street View? That’s exactly what Google is proposing with its latest endeavour: underwater panoramas and sights, taken through a collaboration with The Catlin Seaview Survey. The underwater shots show marine topology like the Great Barrier Reef and much, much more.

    Beautiful sealife is also shown and incredible underwater sights, all done by simply typing the areas you want to view. Unlike the little Google car packed with cameras that handles terrestrial Street View, the underwater Street View works with the aid of a special camera custom made for use under the Ocean, the Seaview SVII. It shoots 360 degree panoramic imagines instantaneously and fires off one such image every 3 seconds, all of that while moving at a speed of 2.5 mph and each pic getting the geo location and camera direction appended.

    The data will then be plotted to a map and the SVII is actually the second generation of the camera, entirely controlled by a tablet, unlike its predecessor. Up until now six locations have been photographed and share on Google Maps, places in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii. All of the beautiful panoramas can be found on maps.google.com/ocean and I hope they’ll find a way to bring them us on Android via an app or include them in Google Maps somehow.

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