Now the race is on to find a place that’s in both Freesound and this QuickTime VR database for the complete immersive experience.
All this raises an interesting angle though. We sighted people get all impressed by the spinning globe on our screen, but what’s in it for the visually impaired? Not much, at the moment, but the same was the case for the internet circa 1995. Gradually, navigation techniques for the blind were developed for conventional websites, and there is no reason why spatial locations should be any harder to convert.
On the contrary, it might be much easier. If locations on Google Earth were to one day emit distinctive sounds from distinctive directions for a direction-aware headset, with loudness indicating distance, for example, and with position labels read out, Google Earth the browser is potentially a far more intuitive environment to navigate for information gathering than the old-skool website, because spatial awareness is something that is common to everyone — no sight needed.