Google invests $10m in VR
Google has reportedly snapped up Israeli virtual reality developer QuickSee for $10 million (€7.8 million), to bolster its StreetView service by allowing users to map areas its camera cars can’t.
QuickSee’s technology allows users to photograph sites and then builds a panoramic 360-degree video of the area, which are tagged with geo-location and direction data once uploaded to QuickSee’s servers, CNN.com reports.
The system works in a similar way to Google’s StreetView services, which was pieced together using thousands of photographs taken by a fleet of camera cars.
Google will use the capability to boost StreetView with images of places its cars can’t go, and to offer companies the ability to add the data to their Google Places profiles, CNN said.