Post-apocalypse App Turns Cities Into Jungles

Urban Jungle, from Swedish developer Einar Oberg, is a version of Google Street View that brings the wild to any street.

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If you love living in the city but are tired of all the concrete, a new app allows you to turn your street – or virtually any other location – into an urban jungle, complete with trees, vines, and bushes.

Urban Jungle, from Swedish developer Einar Oberg, is a version of Google Street View that lets users travel virtually anywhere in the world - and view the location as if it were overgrown with greenery.

Oberg has even redesigned Google’s iconic Pegman so he’s holding a fire torch and wearing an Indiana Jones-style fedora, according to the Mail Online.

The app uses an "undocumented part of Street View" called depth data, according to Oberg. Once depth maps are combined with traditional maps, Oberg said he is able to plot the position of 3D flora and fauna.

Only areas accessible on Google Street View can be accessed on Urban Jungle, so you won't be able to get inside the White House, say, or Buckingham Palace.

"It works best in an environment with large buildings surrounding the streets," Oberg says. "Some locations need a little more imagination than others."

The app works on Chrome and Firefox browsers.

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