See inside Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and other holiday window displays with Google Maps.
The original headline in the NY Daily News before I plagiarized it read:
New York City’s famous holiday window displays at Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks now on Google Maps
So here’s a glimpse of the future. Imagine if street view was able to be updated whenever there were new images to share? Imagine a world where each Google smartphone had a piece of software like Panoramio whereby each image of sufficient quality could identify where it is in location, could be picked up by Google and stitched into street view, updating that piece of the map puzzle.
If someone at Google isn’t already working on a project to create exactly that I’ll cut my hair off, seeing as I don’t have a hat to eat.
Given that Google owns the operating system for a very large percentage of all phones and has software on most of the remainder, it would be very easy to do. Obviously they would have to deal with processing the data, but imagine (totally assuming they also have privacy covered) being able to see the cherry blossoms in Tokyo, the tulips in Holland, a line up for the Rolling Stones Concert in Madison Square Gardens and the latest Christmas light show at the Freemont Street Experience in Vegas.
Instead of looking at a Street-view map that’s 2 years out of date, you could have one where parts of it are current at any given time. Google could then create location based games which would give people missions which involved taking pictures to fill in the gaps that haven’t been recently updated.
All this needs now is for Google to acknowledge that they are either doing it, or that I gave them the idea, they could maybe offer me the job of setting this up globally, that could be fun, or at least a set of Google Glasses and the latest Smartphone to tether it to and I could be one of the first of the new wave of people helping to build this new copy of reality. I would start with some local Christmas highlights like Auckland’s tree decorated with hundreds of bicycles, or some of the amazing New Zealand streets where every house in the street is lit up for Christmas, with amazing displays of yuletide.
Did you read it here first? How long do you think it will be before this crowd-sourced idea takes off?