Tomahawk, WI 10/06/2013 (BasicsMedia) –Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and the Archeological Survey of India have decided to go on board to work in collaboration to re-create India in the digital world. Together, they are seeking to make available a historical journey through India. They are approaching the same with the idea of putting alive as many as 100 historical monuments on the web. A memorandum was signed between the two parties in Qutb Minar, New Delhi. With the help of Street View Trekker, Google is all geared up to add Indian history on its Cultural page and Maps.

First time in India

As of now, Google’s project features 132 websites of historical importance from over 18 countries of the world. Google had produced panoramic imagery of landmarks like the Eiffel Tower in France, Mt. Fuji in Japan, Grand Canyon in America among others. But nothing like this was introduced in India before. Now, Google has tied up with AIS to bring to live on Internet 100 architectural wonders in India like the Taj Mahal in Agra, Ajanta and Allora caves in Aurangabad, Humayun’s Tomb, Khajurao Monuments in Aurangabad and a host of other such monuments which hold great historical importance. The list of monuments is, however, as of now, tentative.

The Technology

Mountain view, California based Google Inc. will, with the help of Street View Trekker, capture 360 degree views of these historical monuments to give viewers from all over the world more than a passive viewing experience. The technology employs a four feet tall wearable rucksack which will be equipped with a camera arrangement on its head. This remarkably efficient camera system would weigh 1.8kg along with the backpack. It will be incorporated with as many as 15 lenses, designed to capture high quality, well focused pictures. As the user walks through a path, these lenses which are oriented to scan the 360 degree view around him will keep obtaining snapshots at a high frequency. The camera will be programmed to capture images at regular intervals of every 2.5 seconds. The devices are to be deployed from Oct 10, as per the plans.

Google Maps and Cultural Institute

The high quality images projecting a 360 view of the various monuments will be published on the website Google Maps and will also be available on Google’s Cultural Institute on the project world wonders. In June next year, the company will loan the entire arrangement to different authorities including tourism boards, universities, research organizations as also some non- profit organizations so as to collect images of those places which are difficult to access. The step would help not only people all over the world to have a real time rendezvous with the rich history of India, but at the same time, preserve it forever in the digital world.

Both the parties are excited about the project and are looking forward to it with great expectations. At the launch of the project, a walkthrough at the Qutab Minar was exhibited. A small demonstration of Street View Trekker was shown by an employee at Google as he walked with the backpack strapped.

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