Trevor Rainbolt – who can identify locations quickly – Photo: NYT
Google Maps is a useful travel solution when it comes with many other features than just a simple map. The “Street View” mode is one of them.
This mode allows people to explore the outside world, as if they are in a certain location, even though they are actually just sitting indoors.
Some people have turned the experience of exploring the world using Google Maps into a hobby, which eventually evolved into a special ability. That’s Trevor Rainbolt.
The 23-year-old from Los Angeles, USA only needs to glance at the photo in Street View mode for 0.1 seconds to know exactly where it is. In other words, when Street View hasn’t finished loading 100% of the time, he already knows “where he is”.
Some images of Street View mode in Google Maps – Photo: Autoevolution
Maybe Rainbolt is the best GeoGuessr player. It’s an online game where players need to know the location of random images collected from Street View mode.
However, in a recent interview with Vice, Rainbolt said that there is no magic behind his abilities. He believes that anyone can do it, if he knows the secret.
Simply put, Rainbolt always assigns to each location something that is easily distinguishable from the others. For example, signs, paint lines, sea colors, electric poles … to find out where the image comes from.
In addition, “hundreds or not by hand”, Rainbolt has played GeoGuessr more than 10,000 times. Thanks to that, he easily popped out the name of the place in a flash.
In fact, Rainbolt also admits that he still has trouble getting electricity to the location in some places. For example, it took him about 1 second to locate places in Russia or Europe.
One of Trevor Rainbolt’s location guessing shows – Video: @georainbolt/Twitter – Subtitle: THANH LINH