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A version of Google street view in which you could type in a year (say 1905) and see how a given street looked back then.
This is motivated by me wondering "How did this street look back in XXXX?" It could be implemented by software that looked up building records to see when each building
was built, and using automated computer graphics to erase any newer buildings and replace them with CG versions of what was plausibly there instead. Trees, grass, etc. It would also erase any newer autos/cars and replace with era-appropriate ones. Same for pavement/tarmac and lampposts, etc.
[hippo, Oct 29 2012]
[RayfordSteele, Oct 29 2012]
||On a system like this, Milton Keynes wouldn't
||+ It could be somewhat accurate back until a certain point in time. Prior to documentation it would be purely fiction or artistic interpretation. Nice idea, though.
||Alas, poor Civic! I knew him, horse ratio.
||//superimpose stovepipe hats and beards on all men, women, children and household pets.//
What if I want 1965? Surfer shirts and blond hair for all?
||Echo xandram, however, if it were confined to the metropolitain areas, or based on period maps (only selectable in years for which maps existed) then one could take most of the guesswork out of it. For the larger cities, it could be fairly accurate quite a ways back.
||I love this idea. I'm always intrigued by photos of familiar
places taken a century ago, or wondering what certain
places looked like before they were developed. A big
communal effort augmented reality historical recreation
project would be very cool.