Friday, October 17, 2008

360 Cities - Panoramic Interactive Imagery Clear Enough to Make You Dizzy

360 Cities provides extremely clear panoramic imagery of places around the world. The bulk of the images are of places in Europe, but there is also some great imagery from North America, South America, Africa, and Asia. I have not found any images of Australia on 360 Cities.

The panoramic imagery of 360 Cities is so clear and transitions so smoothly that I almost made myself dizzy while playing around with imagery of Atlanta, Georgia.

Images on 360 Cities can be explored online using the Google Map provided on the 360 Cities website or you can view the imagery in Google Earth.

Applications for Education
360 Cities provides some of the best free interactive panoramic imagery that I've found on the web. The user controls over the views are easy to use and very smooth. The images don't jump or blur as you change perspectives.
Just as with Google's Street View option, 360 Cities could be a great resource for students to use on self-guided virtual tours.