Thanks to Google Street view, we could explore the almost entire world in my own room only if I have a mobile phone. Before I came to NYC, I already experienced the central park’s great lawn. But is it really the central park? A 360 view is enough to seem to be like real but not enough to be real. I can see that place, but don’t feel or experience it. I kind of dislike Google Street View, because it stop us exploring more places physically.
When I played with Google’s Street View API, I found out there’s plenty of location points that are not taken by Google even in the big city like New York. In fact, I was glad to see the screenshot of ‘no result’. At least there’s reason for us to go that place to actually to experience and feel the place.
I made a simple tool to find untaken places using Google Street View API conversely. When you pick one city, it will randomly find you one of the place without the street view image within the city. As a prototype, I chose 6 cities from highly developed cities like New York expected not to have any single untaken point, which was not true, to barren or infamous? cities such as Bagdad where we hardly expect for Google to take photo of it.
In order to make it feel like seeing the untaken place from distance before exploring, the zoomed satellite image appears as if pirates uses a telescope. Of course, the satellite image is also digitized one, but at least it triggers some amount of curiosity for us to go there physically.
While exploring the results, I somewhat relieved there’s still lots of places that is not digitized so that it is yet to be defined in single photo with one instant moment.