Panoramio, a Spanish photo hosting service acquired by Google to enhance Google Earth and Google Maps, released a new feature called “look around”, that allows you to browse photos simulating a 3D environment. You can jump from one photo to the closest one, walking virtually around the place or watching the place from many different perspectives.
“The most interesting places to look around are squares, towers or any location where people took photo in many different directions. Having many overlapped photos means that you can move very far away from the starting point, almost like a real walk,” explains Eduardo Manchón, from Panoramio. “Photos of details get embedded inside wide perspectives and allow a nice zoom-in effect. [It] depends very much on the place, but around 10-20 photos should be enough to get the look around.”
The list of places you can explore using the new feature includes: the top of Empire State in New York, the last floor of Eiffel Tower, the Red Square of Moscow, Pyramids of Teotihuacan, a small walk in St Peter square in Rome, panoramic views of Alhambra from Albaicín, faces of the US presidents in Mount Rushmore, the roofs of Lisbon from Santa Justa, Chicago from Hancock’s tower by night, the sights of Stockholm from Katarinahissen, the Red Square of Moscow, Brandenburg gate in Berlin, the white marbles of Taj Mahal or the Sydney Opera House. Just click on “look around” below the photo and move your mouse inside the new image to choose the next perspective.