Trust Google to do something cool with the vortex of information that is on the Internet. The tech giant’s researchers have taken millions of public photos available on the Internet and made some stunning timelapse videos showing how much has changed in these places in the last decade. Also Read - Google will not store your bank card details from January 1, 2022: Here’s how it will impact you
Google partnered with University of Washington scientists to develop a fully automated way to create time-lapse video of various tourist landmarks. The science involved curation of around 86 million pictures from Picasa, Flickr and other photography sites. After sorting through the photos, the team organized the photos by date, edited them to have a similar viewpoint, and then color-corrected them for a seamless end result. Also Read - Google now lets you access an entire library of books with this new feature
The videos are brilliant, and it captures just how much has changed at those landmarks in the last few years. It shows glaciers receding, evolving skyscrapers, and changing shapes of different waterfalls as the years have progressed. The video claims that over 20672 time-lapses were discovered just by mining photos from the Internet. Also Read - Google adds 3D monuments to AR Search results: How to use
The company says that some of the time-lapses made involve as many as 1,000 images and took around six hours to render fully. These time-lapses could serve as useful tools for geologists or even builders to further their own research work. Some of the landmarks showed in the video include the Mt St Helens in Washington, Toughannock Falls in New York and the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in Venice.
The researchers have promised that they’ll release their code and further results of their research soon. They’ve also published their full paper, which you can read here.