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This DIY Street View Kit Is Your Very Own Google Map Maker

Illustration for article titled This DIY Street View Kit Is Your Very Own Google Map Maker

Google is doing everything it can to photograph every last corner of the world for its Street View feature. But there are still some places its mapping fleet can't go, and you can fill in those holes yourself with your very own Street View camera kit.

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Imagine being able to give total strangers an interactive tour of your spacious private property, or even the inside of your home. That's exactly what this camera kit allows since it can be strapped to the roof of your car, or carried around in a backpack for use in more restrictive locales. The heart of the kit is an elevated camera that uses six sensors to create a single 30 megapixel image that captures 90 percent of the world around it. Exposures are snapped every three seconds and are automatically leveled, stitched, and geo-tagged by an included image processing server software.

Now unfortunately you can't upload your own Street View captures and have them rolled in to the Google Maps' database. But you can embed your own views onto your website with the same navigation functionality that Google Maps offers, which makes this setup an ideal tool for real estate agents who want to give clients a virtual tour of a home, or museums who want to open their collection to the entire world.

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Illustration for article titled This DIY Street View Kit Is Your Very Own Google Map Maker

[DIY Streetview via Notcot]

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And can someone please start YourStreet dot com so we can upload our videos of our streets to a map! I can almost guarantee you that Google will buy you out for millions more than it will ever be worth.

I was just craving something like this last week. My office is supposed to have a street view photo of every property in the county. This is the tool we need.