Hearing Aid Company Adds Sound to Google Street View

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Google Street View can show you everything from a local neighborhood to the pyramids of Giza. But now, a new third-party feature could provide an extra dimension of reality into your viewing experience.

The British subset of Italian hearing-aid company Amplifon created ambient noise for three Street View locations: Balboa Park in San Diego, California; Place du Palais in Monaco and Hapuna Beach in Waimea, Hawaii. Amplifon is not affiliated with Google, and developed the project as a web experiment in late July.

The sounds were added to the Street View images using a web audio API. The developer drops a digital marker to a location on Google Earth or Google Maps, just like in the normal Street View, except it uses sound rather than an image as the marker Read more…

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