djnlowe 1:01pm, 4 November 2008
I think it is an Iconix 3ccd but can't be sure, anyone got up close and personal????
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smokeonit 10 years ago
Google Maps Street View Camera by freefotouk


not closer than this...
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smokeonit Posted 10 years ago. Edited by smokeonit (admin) 10 years ago
Google Streetview Car by Rothko1


Close up:

(lost a t somewhere on the way, sorry)

Axis does webcams, i think this is a custom job they do for google... the cameras they advertise all don't fit the profile...
pillaiyar1970 10 years ago
Thanks for your photo !! I was searching for a good quality photo to take a look inside the black box. Pictures in Europe are awesome quality.

I used Axis CPU a while ago on some development board from Fox Micro. Axis mainly known for it's network cameras is also a CPU manufacturer. Here is a link about the CRIS architecture: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ETRAX_CRIS. On this page I see something really similar to the content of Google's blackbox camera...

Ok, after few minutes googling I was able to find that Google acknowledge using Elphel cameras for Street View imagery AND Google Book scanning !!! (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Book_Search). They are tons of more or less official sources that say about Street View and Elphel, strange that I missed it somehow.

Elphel design and commercialize reconfigurable network cameras. Totally open, free software. Hmmm.. I'll use it for my next time lapse project, the camera can have SATA storage. :) I can just leave it for a year and come back collect the images. :)

Elphel website: www3.elphel.com/index.php

Wow... --> http://map.elphel.com/ I'll defenetly go and buy one!
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smokeonit 10 years ago
so this means the basic hardware is AXIS, but Elphel is doing the assembly, some processors and software???
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smokeonit 10 years ago
and as for the scan quality of Street View E.U., Google is rescanning the U.S. with the 3rd generation SV hardware as we speak, many regions have already been rescanned... the 1st and 2nd generation hardware, and the hardware used by immersive media, subcontractor for the 1st phase of Street View, really sucks/sucked compared to the 3rd and latest generation hardware! on top we haven't seen ANY of the laser scan data amassed by the 3 SICK laser 3D scanners on each Googlenetta scanning for street view, that data should make it into Google Earth at some point and in conjunction with the high rez photo scan data should make for some pretty impressive 3D awe...!!!
pillaiyar1970 10 years ago
No, it's Elphel's hardware, only CPU and some parts of the software are from Axis. linuxdevices.com/files/article083/diag353.png as you can see it have two main chips, Axis take care of networking and storage devices and Xilinx Spartan 3e interface to the sensor and make the JPEG and other advanced compression stuff. This big boxes contain Elphel hardware, it is evident now.

They are video cameras, not still photos !!! Does it mean that Google have panoramic videos ?! I would really love to see one. The cameras support FullHD at 30 FPS! I also find this: community.elphel.com/pictures/elphel354-10.jpg, look much more nice than this google box. Brrrrrr!!! These cameras are awesome! They support HDRI and many interesting features. I am reading linuxdevices.com/articles/AT4187053130.html
pillaiyar1970 10 years ago
Is all the bold cities listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Street_View#Development made with this 3d generation cameras (the black box)? because on wikipedia I read: "Since December 2007, Google has used imagery that belongs exclusively to Google."

Look like the "Google camera" is an assembly of Elphel cameras. Elphel support 5, 11 and 16 MPix sensors. The higher resolution sensors are 35mm - bigger than this lens, so I guess it's the 5MPix Aptina sensor or some other custom made for Google.
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smokeonit 10 years ago
Yeah. The wiki entries in bold are 3rd generation high rez cities. In bold italic most intersection are high rez (you have to navigate to the middle of the intersections).

And there's still footage online scanned by immersive media. The scan with new beetles... All high rez is google scanned and owned footage!
pillaiyar1970 Posted 10 years ago. Edited by pillaiyar1970 (member) 10 years ago
Hey, after looking a little more in depth, I just found what part of an Elphel board can be seen on the first image if you look on the camera on the right:

Google Maps Street View Camera by freefotouk


Same part on the Elphel wiki
--> wiki.elphel.com/index.php?title=Image:10353_revd_button_c...

Edit:
Additional interesting links:

Slashdot article about the Tour de France / Google / Elphel:
mobile.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/07/05/1711221
Google Tech Talk video:
video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3616515426451811910
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