Google Street View is bringing the world right to your desktop and your smartphone. Street View is Google's ongoing effort to capture street-level images of everyplace in the world.
You've probably seen the images of your own street and house when you've used Google Maps, which captures images with a 360-degree camera that's mounted on top of a car. Google also has people submitting images as they walk along city streets or hike along trails.
But you probably never imagined seeing a Street View that captured both Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and Las Vegas 1,000 miles away in one Street View image (photo above). But Google Street View has gone mini.
Google and Germany's Ubilabs mounted small cameras to a miniature Google Car and tiny trains to capture 360-degree images from inside German's Miniatur Wunderland. It's the world's largest miniature model train exhibit, with more than eight miles of tracks. (See the video next page.)