Google Custom StreetView Automatic Pano Tour

Since early 2009 I created a method of make Google Street view without Tripod, I’m able to take a panorama shoot in a short time.It can be taken anywhere, so I took hundreds of thousands of panos, I show these panos by Street View function in Google Earth then. But not too long, At the end of 2010 Google Earth 6.0 removed these functions of custom street view, so you can only show each individual pano now. It becomes more difficult to use, and I had to say goodbye to my crazy days of “be a rotating streetview man”.

At the end of 2013, Google released the Google Maps JavaScript API version 3. Since then You can use your own panorama in Google Maps. I found the platform to demonstrate my panos again. Not only the original panos I keep in the “warehouse” can be shown, it also motivates me to take more pictures and produce more works.

StreetView has the characteristics of “space”, so an idea comes to my mind. I wanted a panotour function like “GE Tour” that I can stop it at any time, to wander elsewhere and still can go back to continue the tour. I searched everything in Google Maps JavaScript API Version 3, trying to find anything related to Street View functions. But I couldn’t find the function like the “pan”. In the end I had to use JavaScriptt to design a player, based on the planned panos array. Play those panos one by one, each pano has a different view. I also added two buttons, “acceleration”(+) and “deceleration”(-). It can be used to control the playback speed . You can also press the “pause”(||) button, and browse the pano in different angles. You can also hit the arrow sigh below, moving to an adjacent pano to browse, then going back to press the “next”(>>), “prev”(<<) or "play"(►) button to continue the panotour. Now that the most important technical problem has been solved. I feel like it should also accompanied by a background music while browsing just like Youtube, so I design a play button. After that, I thought of my friend Walker Yang, who was a panorama photographer. He is very passionate about education of applied panorama techniques, and try to promote it as well. He also founded the “Taiwan 360 panorama association”. Unfortunately, He died in March this year. In order to show my gratitude for everything he did, I took the icon from his facebook to design a play button as a memorial.

There are two cases below:

1.Chiayi Meishan Park Literary Trail Pano Tour

There are 32 stones scattered beside Meishan park trails.Every single stone has a piece of poetry by different local poets engraved on it, according to their birth order. I arrange the sequence of my panos by the birth order of the poets in my tour.

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2. NTU DrunkenMoon Lake Pano Tour

There is a Lake called “Drunkenmoon” in National Taiwan University campus.In addition to the 700 panos I took in the range of about 0.1 square km which can be navigated by Google streetview, I also designed an “8” shape along Lake trail panotour.

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Scott Jurek being run on the Appalachian trails

UPDATE: He did it! Jurek set a new supported speed record on the AppalachianTrail (AT) finishing in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes.

I am a fan of Scott Jurek after I read the book “Born to Run” in 2010. In this book they discuss “the greatest race”, a 47 Km ultramarathon held in Copper Canyon (in southwestern Chihuahua, Mexico). However, in all of the book’s discussion of the race, no map or visuals are provided. Using the book and Google Earth, I built a “virtual tour of the route” then.

This May 27 through Facebook he published: “Embarking on a big adventure tomorrow, something I’ve always wanted to do. The time is now!”.
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2015 Trans Taiwan Ultra-Marathon Google Earth Tour

This race is the third segment of the “Taiwan Ultra Marathon θ Project”, also called Dual Lighthouse Race.
Start from Fugui Cape Lighthouse, located in the northern tip of Taiwan to Eluanbi Lighthouse, located in the southern tip of Taiwan.
Race Date: March 28th, 2015 – April 4th 2015
Start time: Am 6:00 Taiwan local time
Total length: 558 Km

As a Google Earth super-player, I would like to show the race in Google Earth. I used the same technique as “Run Taiwan 1100Km in 14 days in Google Earth” that I made two years ago. The works include eight days Google Earth tour and instant runner position, more specifically, this position is taken from real-runners cell phone GPS. So you can see the instant race report just during the race time.

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For those who prefer their own operations into the Google Earth, I have prepared a kmz file, please download this KMZ.

[GEB reports] Google Earth plugin showcase: Trans Taiwan Ultra-Marathon

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Dongsha Island Fly Tour & Streetview

The Pratas or Dongsha Islands are an atoll in the northeastern South China Sea consisting of three islets about 340 kilometers (211 mi) southeast of Hong Kong. Excluding their associated EEZ and territorial waters, the islets comprise about 2.4 km2 (0.93 sq mi), including 0.64 km2 (0.25 sq mi) of lagoon area. The islands are claimed by the People’s Republic of China, but controlled by the Republic of China (Taiwan) and organized as a national park. The main island of the group—Dongsha Island—is the largest of the South China Sea Islands.

2011 summer, I had a chance to Dongsha two days, I took the time to take more than 280 panorama imagery by my own way without tripod. Now I make the Streetview web page to show them.

According to the two days memory, I made a Google Earth Dongsha tour. I chose a piece of music, with the ups and downs of the music, at first, show the maps and text to illustrate the Dongsha location, then fly over Dongsha Atoll until Dongsha Island, next scene, simulate C-130 transport aircraft fly to Dongsha Island Airport, then start Donsha Islanad day, early in the morning watching the Dongsha sunrise in the east side of the beach, and then explore the “South China Sea barrier” monument, visit Dongsha Dawang Temple, visit Marine National Park Dongsha station, in the evening watching the sunset in the lagoon. Finally, lying on the quiet and no interference Dongsha airport runway, watching the 180 ° viewing angle and ultra broadband, most shocking Dongsha stars.

Due to Google has announced the deprecation of the Google Earth API, It’s really sad. Before I find the way to migration,I decided not to use the website to present this work. You can downloading this KMZ file, and operate in Google Earth.

In this tour, there are two scenes(sunrise and sunset) that I use photorealistic atmosphere function. So, after arriving Donsha airport, the tour pause, and an instruction to ask everyone enable photorealistic atmosphere. According to the instruction, you go to [Tools] –> [Options] –> “Use photorealistic atmosphere rendering“, and then press ► to continue this tour. After this tour, remember to unenable the photorealistic atmosphere to default value.

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2014 – TAIWAN Action Asia 50

There is a trail run – Taiwan Action Asia 50, which is one of Action Asia Events organized by the Action Asia Foundation, to be held in November 8, 2014 in the mountains near Shimen Reservoir in Taoyuan.

The race route was planned by my friend Petr Novotný, he offered me the path kml file and some photos, I am very happy to make a dynamic Google Earth Tour, to support him!

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Follow the Bluemagpie and see the Pinglin

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Taiwan Bluemagpie Tea is a brand that set by students and teacher of Institute of Building and Planning of National Taiwan University. Their team’s purpose is to help tea farmers living in Pinglin to sell their environmental-friendly tea without chemical fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide.

They want to assist tea farmer through fair and reasonable price and making a lease, decreasing the risk of producing and selling for tea farmers.

Their goal is to make Pinglin to be a eco-village, clean the water in reservoir, ensure the livelihood of tea farmers, inherit their artistry of making tea, and form a new generation of tea in the final.
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