While SADA Systems is considered a pretty great place to work according to Inc. Magazine, there might be a cooler job out there—Google Street View underwater camera operator. In 2014, Google Street View expanded into the Galapagos Islands, allowing videographers to capture some pretty neat happenings on the ocean floor.
Google Apps Street View, is a web app with street-level photo imagery that was originally designed to accompany Google’s Maps product.
The Street View app is very similar to the original Google Maps app, allowing the user to use their fingers to pan around and view locations in 360 degrees with a street-level view of where the user is at that moment in time.
Google has taken the update a step further and added stunning underwater panoramic images to Street View. This feature allows the user to virtually swim through some of the worlds most famous reefs, with locations in Hawaii, Australia, and Philippines without getting wet! It’s a quirky addition to Maps that really shows off some of the investments Google is making to its Street View technology.
Google states that “with these vibrant and stunning photos you don’t have to be a scuba diver—or even know how to swim—to explore and experience six of the ocean’s most incredible living coral reefs. Now, anyone can become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau.”
Google Maps for Business
Obviously, the cool factor of Google Street View underwater is hard to beat. However if you’re at all interested in Google location services on land, the Google Maps API can be helpful to businesses wanting to target more local customers. Grindr used it to deliver more targeted messaging, and Arrowpointe used it to integrate with Salesforce and superimpose Salesforce data onto the Maps interface. Just FYI.