Google Maps the Oceans for Underwater Street View, and You can Help

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catlin-seaview-sviiWe’ve mentioned the Catlin Seaview Survey before, where underwater footage is recorded for scientists and the rest of us to enjoy and use, in order to assess the state of coral reefs over time. They have been using a pretty high-tech 360-degree panoramic camera called the Catlin Seaview SVII, but with smart phone camera capabilities advancing so fast, we can help out too. Read PC Mag

At Google I/O on Thursday, Catlin Seaview Survey director Richard Vevers appealed to divers and developers to assist in the project. Vevers and his team use the survey’s own $50,00 Seaview SVII underwater cameras on their mapping dives, but he said new 360-degree photography capabilities built into Android phones like the Galaxy S4 can replicate that work.

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