How can you see the world in 2.5 minutes — for free?

Answer: a hyperlapse video created using Google Maps images

by / February 9, 2017

Google Maps is an incredibly helpful device. It lets you see the front of that restaurant you’re going to for dinner, or scope out a neighborhood where you might move. But thanks to one filmmaker, you can now use Google Maps to travel to some of the world’s greatest destinations in only two minutes and 30 seconds.

Matteo Archondis spent two days taking 3,305 Google Maps screenshots and assembling them into a mesmerizing hyperlapse video that makes stops in cities like Venice, Italy; Kyoto, Japan; and Rio de Janeiro, and gives bird’s-eye views of landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and Mt. Everest. Archondis used Google Chrome’s developer tools to bring the individual images together and create a seamless, visually appealing user experience. 

While the video won’t help you feel what it’s really like on the streets of Rome or take in just how grand the Grand Canyon really is, it may expand your idea of what’s possible to do with Google Maps and a little imagination. See for yourself: