June 26, 2013

Photography: Google takes on the Burj Khalifa

Here’s a neat use of Google’s backpack-mounted, spherical-photo-capturing rigs. The Next Web writes,

Without venturing anywhere near the United Arab Emirates, you can explore the world’s tallest observation deck on the 124th floor, dangle from the building’s maintenance units on the 80th floor (which are reserved for cleaning windows, apparently), and also visit the highest occupied floor in the world, on floor number 163.

It’s funny: I’m reminded of the QuickTime VR (hey, remember that?) projects we did circa 1996. I thought that spherical panos were brilliant, but they fell into disuse for years. I never anticipated that they’d reemerge & prove so common, even mundane, all these years later.

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Posted by John Nack at 9:27 AM on June 26, 2013

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