Google launches underwater panoramas in Maps.
Courtesy Google, now you can catch the exuberating sights of the Great Barrier Reef right from the comforts of your desk. First ever exclusive panoramic pictures can be accessed from Google Maps under the street view. The principal photography is attributed to The Catalin Seaview Survey, an oceanic survey sponsored by Catlin Group Limited. Apart from the Great Barrier Leaf, the list also includes locations like Australia, The Philippines, Hawaii and many more.
This unprecedented addition to Google Maps throws a jab at Apple after its decision to replace Google’s map application with their own in iPhone 5. Hereafter breathtaking underwater views are just a search away. Destined to provide you with an incredible surfing like experience for free, Maps takes you through this underwater journey by means of panoramas. Panoramas are 360 degree shots of an object compiled and stitched side by side in a single photograph. The views are photographed every three seconds by Catlin’s underwater camera called the Catlin Seaview SII and then fit into a single picture frame.
Just like in the normal maps, you can zoom in and out of the frame, rotate it to get the complete view and even change the angle by just dragging your mouse along the screen. The little white arrow tips take you further in that direction with a virtual diving effect. Regardless of what you are or what you like, these exquisite imageries are not to be missed.
Below are some snapshots.