Hyperlapse

A new site lets you turn any stretch of Streetviewed road into a hyperlapse, a timelapse with a mobile camera.

We've all double-clicked our way down a road or two in Google Streetview, trying to get a stitched-up sense of a neighborhood or a landscape.

I'm happy to say that tactic will soon seem as antiquated as visiting the place itself. The Labs division of Toronto-based UX team Teehan + Lax has designed a software that turns any stretch of Streetviewed road into a hyperlapse, a timelapse with a mobile camera (like this one).

On the hyperlapse website, users select a stretch of road and watch its Streetview images blend into a movie, as if you had stuck your head through the sunroof. (Caution: assembling these clips works best in Google Chrome, and requires some PC power.) If you're feeling frustrated with the low frame rate or high video speed, Teehan + Lax have made the source code available so you can modify or remix the core technology.

If you don't have time to make your own hyperlapse, here's the official promo demonstrating the technology's potential. (Caution: you may feel a little carsick.)

Google Street View Hyperlapse from Teehan+Lax Labs on Vimeo.

HT: Fubiz.

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