April 22, 2013, 11:57 AM —
Image credit: Google/Teehan+Lax Labs
In case there aren’t enough things on the Internet to distract you from what you really should be doing, the people at Teehan+Lax Labs have something for you. They’ve developed a free tool called the Google Street View Hyperlapse, which allows you to create your own hyperlapse videos using Google Street View images. Basically, you pick a path between two points on a Google map, and another point on the map to focus on during the trip between point A and point B. The tool allows you change focus as you travel between the points (and you can also change your viewing perspecitive as you normally can in Street View). They’ve even made the code available on GitHub, if you’d like to tinker with it further.
It’s pretty cool.
The Teehan+Law folks have created a few fun examples, such as traversing New York City’s Manhattan Bridge, driving past a power plant in South Africa or cruising through the Florida keys. Other people are also using it to create some interesting hyperlapses. Over at the Sport Techie, they created hyperlapses around all 30 MLB stadiums.
Inspired by this, I went ahead and created some hyperlapses around the headquarters and birthplaces of some famous technology companies. I also shot Vine videos to give you a flavor for the hyperlapses, but I encourage you to click through to play with them yourselves (note, though, that they recommend viewing in Google Chrome for best results):
Since this is all based on Google data, let’s start by looking at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Mark Zuckerberg oversees his empire at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California.