Google shrinks its cameras so you can see the world's largest model railway in Street View

By midian182 · 8 replies
Jan 14, 2016
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  1. Every year, more than a million people flock to Hamburg, Germany, to visit the largest model railway exhibit in the world – the Miniatur Wunderland. Now, with help from Google, you can see this tiny world from the comfort of your own home. And not from the perspective of the tourists, but actually inside the Wunderland, thanks to Google Street View.

    Street View cameras have taken photographs across the world. But in order to capture the tiny details of the exhibit, Google worked with Unilabs to create miniaturized versions of the devices that were attached to the model cars, trains, and even the boats.

    Wunderland features areas modeled on countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Scandanavia and the US, including intricately detailed versions of Las Vegas and Mount Rushmore. There are also Norwegian fjords, a working airport, and a massive, open-air concert feature DJ Bobo (he’s very big in Germany, apparently).

    In all, 900 trains travel the 8 miles of tracks, and the exhibit contains more than 200,000 figurines. You’ll also find computer-controlled vehicles like fire trucks and traffic cars, 300,000 LEDs lighting up the night, and over 200 push-button ‘actions’ that allow visitors to participate in the world. The exhibit took more than 500,000 working hours to create and spans 4,000 sq. ft

    For the Street View project, Unilabs said it took about two months of experiments and testing before inserting the cameras into Wunderland. The photography itself took about 600 hours.

    If you want to learn more about the Miniatur Wunderland, then check out the gloriously European video below.

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  2. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,829   +634

    "Come by and you will be amazed"

    No need, I'm already amazed, that's incredible, now to move to Germany and get a full time job working on this thing. Funny, I was looking for a reason to move to Germany this morning, it's like, fate, or something.
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  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,685   +1,085

    that would be so awesome to work on.
  4. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,473   +379

    As much as I would love to work on this, I'd be too busy going through the exhibit and pressing the action buttons to get anything done. XD
  5. Now I have two reasons,This and the Nürburgring.
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  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,362   +2,008

    You know, CG&E up in Cincinnati has a train display they put up every year and I thought that was fantastic, but seeing this one I realize just how incredible a bunch of dedicated people can create! I got to get back to Germany and see this one before I'm too old to travel. I'll bet there are some terrific shots of it on YouTube too!
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Nurburgring GP track is to clinical. The Nordschleife (which is part of the Nurburgring) is where you wanna be standing on the loud pedal, that and the old Silverstone, Monza and Spa Francorchamps circuits although the "Green Hell' that is the Nordschleife is the real grand daddy according to Jackie Stewart and I can well believe him.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I'd better be careful where I take a dump from now on. ;)
  9. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,829   +634

    Oh damn, I completely forgot about the single greatest race track ever conceived by man, very good point. I'm already half German, time to go get me a plane ticket and call up the relatives.

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