Google Unveils Street View Holodeck

Google Street View is one of the cooler Google services, even if primarily used for our own humor. Now they've combined it with a 360-degree viewing room to form the "Google Street View Holodeck."

Google Unveils Street View Holodeck

Google Unveils Street View Holodeck

Google Unveils Street View Holodeck

Google Unveils Street View Holodeck

Google Unveils Street View Holodeck


Looking at Street View through the monitor is one thing, but since the pictures are taken in a 360 degree format, what's preventing them from being viewed that way? Enter the Google Street View Holodeck, a series of vertically oriented LCD screens mounted in a circular room in the Googleplex and programmed to display scenes from around Mountain View in a pseudo-holodeck-like experience. "Drive" down the road and all the screens move appropriately. Pretty neat, we'll admit, but we're surprised Google didn't use a projection dome and multiple overlapped projectors for a more realistic experience. Wonder if you have to wear your Star Trek uniform when you go in there? [Search Engine Land]