Steven Ho lives in Taiwan and is one of the more innovative Google Earth developers. He has been waiting for signs Google would bring Street View to Taiwan, but finally couldn’t wait any longer. So, he spent a few days making his own Street View panoramas for National Taiwan University campus. It turns out March is the month where the Indian azalea bloom, so he decided to take his Street View photos along the famous Royal Palm boulevard. Steven took the time to not only take 150 panoramas, but also process his KML so it looks and acts just like Google Earth’s Street View imagery. He also added in some 3D buildings for the campus and the palm trees. View Steven’s own Taiwan Street View here . You simply double-click on the gold camera icons and you will be flown inside his spherical panorama photos. You can double click on other camera icons to see nearby shots. Here’s his video showing off the collection:
You can read more about what Steven did on his blog GEmvg, where he even shares an attempt to view the Street Views within the GE plugin. But, he notes there are problems with the photo viewer in the GE plugin which make it not work properly. Anyway, if you are impatient to have Street View come to your city, then take notes on how to create your own custom Street View for Google Earth.
Steven Ho has appeared in GEB several times including his collection of 3D buildings for Taiwan, a cool music video done with Google Earth, and a visualization of the Sichuan earthquake.