Google’s Street View is one of those amazing things we take for granted. At the tap of a button we can be transported to millions of places around around the globe and take a 360-degree look around as if we were standing right there. And now Google wants to put the power of Street View right in your hands.
On its Keyword blog, Google has announced a new "Street View ready" certification standard that will let anyone publish an interactive tour fit for Maps. Previously, creating 360-degree videos required a rental of the cumbersome Google Trekker or some serious video know-how, but the new program looks to make it easy and friendly to upload your own interactive experiences. As Google says, the new program will allow anyone to shoot and upload their videos "while we do the heavy lifting of connecting each frame of your video into a traditional, interactive Street View experience."