Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Google Maps: A Closer Look

Have you ever played around on Google Maps? I've sat for hours looking at cities on just map mode & was tremendously fascinated when they incorporated the Map view into it. You could zoom in close enough to look at your neighborhood and even see your house.

But not close enough...

Google Maps is put together by satellite imagery from afar. The up close photographs are the result of people from Google taking photos while flying over things, and the views are starting to get closer.

Google Maps only lets you zoom in so far, there is a hack though. Phillip Lenssen tells how to get closer on Google maps.

1. Select a location and switch to satellite view
2. Zoom in as far as you can, and click "link to this page" at the top right
3. Now replace the "z" parameter in the URL with a higher value, e.g. 20, 22, or 23, and wait. Some locations will now show more detailed imagery
Your link will look something similar to this:


The z is the variable that you can change to zoom in.

I tried messing with it a for bit, and I didn't have any luck looking at Los Angeles, Venice Beach, or the Gobi Desert =(

But you should try it out. I'm sure you will have fun playing with it.

That really is a Camel. I don't know where it is, but the coordinates are in the search bar.

I'm going to play with this later.

Thanks Google Blogscoped


1 comment:

dill said...

Google maps is the best! True dat! Double true!!