Travel made easy


Blue areas indicated places that are covered by Google Street View


With the help of technology, man has achieved greater heights in their discovery of the world. So many things that were deem impossible is made palatable through technology. Now, we can even travel across Japan from North Hokkaido to Southern Kyushu. The entire journey is about 1500 miles long and if you were to travel by car, that would be at least 30 hours of non-stop driving. No one would possibly want to do that even if you had a choice. Design engineering firm takram have invented a way to allow us to travel across the island by sitting at our desk. And the best thing is, they could do it in less than an hour. The total time require would be about 15mins.

You see, with Google Street View, it is now possible to see or view most of Japan. They realized that most of Japan had now been photographed by Google’s Street View. With the use of Hyperlapse, an open source coding program, they manage to create short animations using frames from Street View. Thus, the team managed to create a program that captures all the frames and piece it up together by animating the entire route from the Northern to the Southern part of Japan. I reckon this is yet another new way of travel. Check out these cool videos.

From Northern to Southern Hokkaido (10 min)

From Northern Honshu to Tokyo (10 min)

From Tokyo to Osaka (15 min)

From Osaka to the Southern tip of Honshu (10 min)

From Northern to Southern Kyushu (9 min)

Take my breath away

As the music industry evolved, the technology they adopted progresses just as much. We have seen how musicians make use of the Google street view technology to produce their videos. Recently, UK group Travis decides to do something just as unusual by tapping on projection technology together with video production. They make use of their freezing breath to animate their music videos under sub-zero temperatures. This effort was directed by Tom Wrigglesworth and Matt Robinson from London. As the temperature was really cold enough, it allowed the animations to be projected onto the member’s freezing breath. A really unique and special approach to producing great content for music videos. Light projections has been one of the prevalent media when it comes to events and exhibitions but it is slowly taking it’s place in other possible video productions as well.