Google announced today the release of their controversial new add-on to Google Earth, Google Indoors:Live. The new software interfaces with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems to provide users with access to built-in and USB-connected webcams across the globe.
The high definition video images are shown in pop-up frames on the maps and satellite photo displays on Google Earth. In the same way that Google's StreetView system is designed to show pictures of the exteriors of roads and houses, the new system displays real-time views of the interiors.
Google are adamant that privacy will not be a problem, as the same technology that is already built into StreetView will be used to automatically obscure individuals faces using pixilation. Google have also stated that users of their new Chrome browser software will be able to opt out of the system and the view from their webcams will not then be displayed.