Google's Holodeck Presents Interactive StreetView at 360 Degrees
Ah, Google. Making human contact obsolete one development at a time.
At its Mountain View Googleplex, the search engine-turned-megalith brought out its StreetView Holodeck simulator for the Google I/O Conference on Wednesday. The Holodeck, like a Disney ride for adults, is a small, circular, one-person viewing room with a 360-degree view of the nearby area projected on its walls. (Think StreetView, but from all angles.) Filmed to appear as if the user is sitting inside the camera, the interactive, panoramic video allows the viewer to stop by, take a seat, and then "drive" through scenic routes, creating a virtual reality experience.
Already known for its idyllic campus and the cool toys it provides for its workers, Google now offers the Holodeck as a pretty great way to let Googlers and Google visitors get a feel for traveling while staying in one place. Though it only maps the area of exotic Palo Alto at present, the Holodeck's possibilities are endless. [From: Search Engine Land]