DIY streetview camera lets you be Google

As Google takes Street View off-road with its new Trekker backpacks, German company Streetview Technology is taking the mapping technology in yet another new direction — DIY terrain.

(Credit: Streetview Technology)

That's right, with "DIY streetview", people can create their own versions of Google's popular, unpopular and sometimes artsy high-tech atlas.

The kit includes:

  • A camera that shoots look-all-around-you, dome-like photos every three seconds that also geotags them
  • A small server for processing your images — it automatically lines up and stitches together your shots, and adds the geographic information
  • Player software that enables you to post your work on your website and let people interact with your images.

Options include a car mount or a backpack, for the camera.

The camera lets you photograph everything in sight, minus the camera itself, and the car or backpack. Also, the software includes the same types of navigation tools and mapping information that Google provides.

Streetview Technology general manager Jan Martin Mantkowski said, in an e-mail to CNET, that anyone can learn how to operate the camera in a couple of hours. The image processing is a bit more complex, but there's a step-by-step manual, and a test project for practice.

As far as pricing goes, this isn't the sort of thing you'd casually buy. Mantkowski asks that you contact him directly for details, or use the online inquiry form.

Judging from the way various creative types have tapped Street View, we figure it won't be too long before someone bolts one of these babies to a Roomba and starts knocking out some crazy views, indeed.


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