Do you often wonder just how far has our technology evolved?
Well I doand I think I have stumbled onto what might be the closest thing to an answer that I’ll get, so I thought it was worth sharing.
The other night my husband was surfing the web like he always does and came across something very interesting.
Most of us are avid computer-savvy individuals and we already know that just about anything can be searched for on “Google” these days.
The site “Map Quest” is nothing new. It has been around for years, but to my knowledge it was only able to give you directions that resembled the look of a map when searching for a certain addresses.
I was also aware that it could give you an above area view, taken from a satellite I’m sure, of towns and yes, even exact vicinities. But like I said... it was an area view.
Well getting back to my husband’s web venturing, he came across another feature or ability of “Map Quest”.
I don’t know if it is something newly added, or if it has always been there, and we just never realized it until now, but apparently they can actually give you a street view of your town, neighborhood and even your own house. Now that is scary!
When my husband asked me to come and see what he had found, I was shocked to see my home and yard right there on his computer monitor. This feature of the site lets you get a street view, like you are standing right on the road. You can turn a complete 360 degrees to view everything in the surroundings or travel down the road and view your neighbors properties if you wished to do so.
Now don’t misunderstand what I am saying. It is still a predated image, (from what I saw of my own home it was recorded in July of 2008) not a live view, but the fact that someone was at one time actually driving around taking photos of my home and neighborhood is somewhat disturbing to me. Sort of like an invasion of one’s privacy I would have to say.
We did come across a few roads in our home town that you were not able to travel down for viewing. So I don’t know how it was determined what was worth viewing or not, but I sure wish my address was in that reasoning.
I wonder what they will come up with next, in home viewing?
You just never know... it could happen!