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‘Hyperlapse’ Turns Google Street View Into Beautiful Short Movies

Hyperlapse: turning Google Street View into movies. Image: Screenshot/Webmonkey.

Hyperlapse is quite simply the coolest thing we’ve seen on the web in quite a while. Not only is it creative and beautiful, it’s a great reminder that there are still a few APIs left out there that allow you to make cool stuff.

Hyperlapse is a JavaScript library that stitches together Google Street View imagery to create short “hyper-lapse” movies (time-lapse movies with movement).

The code behind Hyperlapse consists of Hyperlapse.js, Mr Doob’s Three.js and “a modified version of GSVPano.js“. The project is the brainchild of Teehan+Lax, the same design firm that built the interface for Medium.

The site uses WebGL, so you’ll need a modern browser like Firefox or Chrome to see it and create your own.

The only thing Hyperlapse is missing is an easy way to embed your custom Hyperlapses in another page. In lieu of an actual Hyperlapse, here’s a video showing what’s possible.