Google’s new initiative takes you into caves15 February, 2012 by Chad
Last Friday, Google Japan unveiled that their Google Street View service can now take visitors into caves. Public response was mostly fascination at being able to take a 360 degree tour of the insides of the Okubo-mabu mine and Akiyoshido limestone cavern.
This is not the first occasion Google Japan has taken to covering walking paths but is ultimately their most impressive. The images are amazingly sharp, especially considering how difficult it is to take photos in any place with such minimal lighting.
The feat is the result of the Street View Partner Program, which provides allows owners of establishments the tools to create the panoramic images seen on Google Street View. Thanks to past efforts, we are also able to view other sites like the Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido and Fuji-Q Highland among others, without having to leave home.
Perhaps this adventure indoors is the first step in creating a fully digitized Google World.
You may visit Google Street Partner Program for more information about the program and examples of other Street View ready attractions.
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