Japanese team creates the latest virtual cycling Streetview hack

Stationary exercise bikes can be pretty boring if you have nothing interesting ahead of you. But here’s a fun hack from Tokyo-based KeyValue Inc that lets you take a virtual bicycle ride though various cities around the world. The system makes use if Google Streetview imagery, displayed on a screen in front of a stationary bike – hardly the real thing, but it’s certainly a fun way to make your exercise more interesting.  Read more here


Animate Google Street View!

Hyper-lapse photography – a technique combining time-lapse and sweeping camera movements typically focused on a point-of-interest – has been a growing trend on video sites. It’s not hard to find stunning examples on Vimeo. Creating them requires precision and many hours stitching together photos taken from carefully mapped locations. We aimed at making the process simpler by using Google Street View as an aid, but quickly discovered that it could be used as the source material. It worked so well, we decided to design a very usable UI around our engine and release Google Street View Hyperlapse.

The site settings are purposely low (like having a maximum of 60 frames per animation) for greater accessibility. However, all the source code is available on Github (including examples and documentation) so developers can play with higher frame rates, better image quality, and more complicated camera movements…  read more here.

Cheezie Rock Video – Built via Google Street View

Despite the straightforward melody and lyrics, the video has become quite popular due to an unusual idea. Most of the photos used in the video from Google Street View, taken in the vicinity of the famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the coasts of the U.S., France, Italy and Australia. The band members fit right in…More here.