Updated: Google Maps: 3D Goggles View

I am frequently on google maps, looking at interesting places and whenever possible I go down to street level to roam the streets of an interesting looking city. This morning, I noticed that while in street view, there is now a new icon on the left below the zooming bar which seems to enable a “3D movie” type mode on the image shown in the street view. I don’t have 3D goggles to see if the effect is really the real thing or this is just another April Fool’s joke by google. You decide and if you have 3D goggles, let me know if this is really 3D.

Another example:

Update: The 3D Goggles guy is still there at 10:16 AM IST. Will check again in about two and a half hours when it will be past 12:00 midnight at the Googleplex.

I couldn’t get my hands on the old 2 colour 3D glasses, however I had blue and red filters that I use with my SLR. They work well too. The effect is minimal yet pretty cool to have. Wearing those glasses for any decent period of time will give you a headache though.

Update: Its past 12 midnight in California. The 3D goggles are still available in google maps street view. Maybe this isn’t a April Fool’s thing.

I have had to remove the images from my blog and link to them from Picasa since all the traffic ate up all my bandwidth. Hope to not run out this time.

Update: It’s still there 🙂

Another Update: Found on the official Google Maps blog.

Update (14th April 2010): The 3D goggles dude icon is no longer appearing in google maps street view.

Update (11th July 2010): As noted by a commenter, the 3D mode can be activated by right clicking on the street view image and choosing “3D Mode On”. However, this seems to be working intermittently.

41 Responses to “Updated: Google Maps: 3D Goggles View”

  1. John Worrall
    April 2, 2010 at 1:17 AM #

    This does actually work (as well as anaglyph can) Seems very elaborate for an April fool. Guess we'll find out if it is still there tomorrow…….

  2. Filip Wojcik
    April 2, 2010 at 2:09 AM #

    The 3D does not work. I have 3D glasses that I saved from a movie. I put them on and you still see the blue and red lines with no 3D effect.

  3. Tephlon
    April 2, 2010 at 2:13 AM #

    Just found some old red and blue 3D glasses I had from "Starship Titanic".

    The house picture kind of works. It's far from perfect, but there is a bit of 3D.

    🙂

  4. April 2, 2010 at 2:25 AM #

    @John, @Filip, @Tephlon

    Thanks for your observations. I didn't expect this to work very well and I feel its gonna be for the 1st of April only. Lets see tomorrow.

    Have you found any other mentions of this on the interwebs?

  5. MLB
    April 2, 2010 at 3:38 AM #

    Filip W.: 3D glasses from current movies will not work because they use polarization of the lenses to filter out each image, while this uses different coloured lenses to create the 3D image (Old way for 3D).

  6. Ashley
    April 2, 2010 at 3:43 AM #

    @John, @Filip, @Tephlon

    I found that with my sisters Hannah Montana 3D glasses that it really does work!!!

  7. Guest
    April 2, 2010 at 4:01 AM #

    This definitely works! Exploring Google maps in anaglyph is an interesting experience…i really hope it stays

  8. April 2, 2010 at 4:24 AM #

    Sounds like a pretty elaborate April fools joke.

  9. April 2, 2010 at 5:02 AM #

    @Filip

    Are you using the pink/green glasses? These will not work with the red & blue anaglyph images. I wish I knew where mine were so I could see how subtle the effect is.

  10. April 2, 2010 at 5:04 AM #

    Also, the RealD 3D glasses that you get from a movie will not work either. These type of glasses are polarized and can only be used to view like-polarized screens/projectors at the movie theaters.

  11. Jeffrey
    April 2, 2010 at 5:18 AM #

    @Filip, are your glasses Red/Cyan ones?

    The type of glasses you use has to match the type of anaglyph to see the 3D effect. There are Red/Cyan, Red/Yellow, etc.

    This is in Red/Cyan anagylph, and does indeed work. Just tried it myself.

  12. chzplz
    April 2, 2010 at 5:32 AM #

    Filip – are your glasses the ones with red/blue lenses, or grey lenses? Most recent 3D movies use the grey polarized lenses to achieve the 3D effect. What Google is doing would require the anaglyph glasses with the red and blue lenses like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Anaglyph_glasse

  13. @Bob
    April 2, 2010 at 5:33 AM #

    It may not work simply because you are not using the right kind of glasses. Mind you there are different types of glasses (which you can google, lol) that may allow it to work or not.

  14. joe
    April 2, 2010 at 5:59 AM #

    @Filip

    if you took those glasses from a recent 3d movie in a theater they use a different 3d technology than these images are displayed in hense no 3-d effect. those glasses are polarized, you would need anaglyph (red/blue, magenta/cyan) glasses in order to see the effect.

    i'm at work and can't check how extensive the effect is with my own glasses, but a tip for the colorblind:

    you might need to put on the glasses backwards for this effect to work. i'm colorblind and this is the only way i can see anaglyph images.

  15. Debadeep
    April 2, 2010 at 8:22 AM #

    This DOES work. You need red-cyan glasses for this, not the movie ones (where you get polarizing glasses). Not perfect, but kind of 3d and fun anyway!

  16. April 2, 2010 at 8:44 AM #

    @Filip, you need 3D glasses that are in a certain arrangement, perhaps those are blue-red instead of red-blue?

  17. Ryan
    April 2, 2010 at 9:31 AM #

    They all work, its not a beautiful 3d picture like in Avatar, but for what it is a prank its still pretty cool that there is any effect at all. Im using Universal Studios 3D Glasses the standard Green / Red frames.

  18. Tim
    April 2, 2010 at 11:23 AM #

    @Filip

    There are 3 different common types of 3D.

    – Anaglyph: old colored glasses.

    – Eclipse: uses shutter glasses which is becoming the most popular type of 3D in gaming and living room TV. The screen flashes a different perspective every other frame.

    – Polarization: Used in theaters and consists of two projections.

    More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3-D_film#Techniques

  19. Tim
    April 2, 2010 at 11:27 AM #

    This uses anaglyph; therefore polarized theater glasses will not work with these images. Working only okay for me. You can simulate this easily with Adobe After Effects or Photoshop. =)

    Apologies for double-post. Couldn't edit other comment.

  20. Matt
    April 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM #

    Basically they've rotated the red spectrum to the right. You may think it works, but it's not 3D at all. It may change your depth perception of the whole picture, but not the objects in the picture.

  21. April 2, 2010 at 3:51 PM #

    Its still there at 10:20 IST. Will check again in about two and a half hours when it will be past 12:00 midnight at the goolgeplex.

    Trying to get my hands on red/blue type 3d glasses till then.

  22. April 2, 2010 at 4:11 PM #

    I couldn't get my hands on the old 2 colour 3D glasses, however I had blue and red filters that I use with my SLR. They work well too. The effect is minimal yet pretty cool to have. Wearing those glasses for any decent period of time will give you a headache though.

  23. Popolopados
    April 3, 2010 at 2:20 AM #

    Well guys if ur all american i could say im english

    and that the icon is still here

    its friday da 2nd of april

    and if u watch CHANNEL 4 then u might have some old

    3d glasses as of the last time they did several programmes in 3d

    NEVA NO TRY IT!!!

    REPLY PLZ

  24. Popolopados
    April 3, 2010 at 2:21 AM #

    wat is an SLR????

    • April 3, 2010 at 1:56 PM #

      @popolopados an SLR is a camera. Stands for Single Lens Reflex.

  25. Popolopados
    April 3, 2010 at 2:22 AM #

    please tell me

    who watches eastenders?

  26. Popolopados
    April 3, 2010 at 2:23 AM #

    I AM IN ENGLAND

    THE TIME IS 16:22

  27. April 3, 2010 at 7:57 PM #

    It does work. I used my rd glasses (rd/green) and it's real. Nice!

  28. Jon
    April 3, 2010 at 8:41 PM #

    The glasses provided by Channel 4 are the WRONG glasses for this. They are Colorcode glasses with blue/yellow lenses. For the final time, the ONLY glasses that will work, are ones with red and blue lenses.

  29. Dyea
    June 22, 2010 at 4:25 AM #

    Just right click on the streetview and select "3d mode on" 🙂

    • July 10, 2010 at 4:37 AM #

      @dyea thanks for the tip. Didn't see that one.

  30. T older
    October 10, 2010 at 11:56 PM #

    If you want to make your own google 3d glasses, go to

    http://www.techinfo-4u.com/2010/04/30/make-your-o

  31. T older
    October 11, 2010 at 12:01 AM #

    Actually don't, I just tried it, it doesn't work

    • October 11, 2010 at 6:53 PM #

      It works well if you just get normal red and blue transparent paper or lens filters like I did.

  32. November 12, 2010 at 11:29 AM #

    necesito para trabajo

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