Before I begin this post I have to explain Street-View and Photosphere because those are terms knowledge about which is required prerequisite.
Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world. (Courtesy : Wikipedia)
Photo Sphere Google is a way of clicking 360° panoramic images viewable on Google+, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps and any other Google service. These spheres can be created using your own SLR camera and then following Google’s tutorial or the easiest way is to have a Nexus Phone with Android 4.2 (Jellybean) and next. (Any other Android phone will do to, given that it has a magnetometer and has installed this app.)
Now that the basic definitions are done I will start the post. So, a week ago, out of the blue I got an idea. Why not make a series of photo spheres of the most favourite locations of my school, Scholars Home and then upload them on Google Maps View Community and share with everyone. That way, Scholars Home will have something unique itself to show plus, I will have successfully completed one more random idea – which seems to be the motto of my life anyway – think of random ideas and complete them.
So, anyway, I made a list of the locations which would be required, just in case I don’t miss any, and asked two of my friends to accompany me as they are photography enthusiasts too and well, they would have a great time too. After all, early morning in our school is a photographer’s wet dream.
On the first day we planned, we cancelled it. Then cancelled the next visit too. But the third time was a charm and nobody had any preoccupations that morning. So, yesterday we went to school, on a chilly winter Dehradun morning before the school bell had rung. Then we made the spheres and believe me that time is the best time to be in Scholars Home. The open campus looks even more beautiful in its morning glory.
Over the course of completing the spheres we clicked each other and some different stills too. The whole ordeal took us about an hour and a half but then it all settled and we moved out. Everything went exactly as planned and there were no stalls which was pretty unexpected for my plans. But this post isn’t about what happened, its about the outcome. So without much ado, here is Scholars Home as a street view…
(Use the arrows to navigate and the mouse to drag and move around. Alternatively you can also use the little mechanism in the upper right.)
Also, photo sphere has one more feature, which is pretty rad, two words – Tiny Planets. Now if the name didn’t ring it to you, here is what I mean.
Pretty cool, eh?
So, when someone tells you technology can be useful, don’t fret and reject the view. Accept it because these little things that technology can do would help people who’ve passed out school refresh their memories by being at the centre of the places they once stood again. 🙂