Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Google Street Cameras On Grand Canyon Trek

Street View Team Mapping Grand Canyon Trails

In a move to make Google Maps even more complete, the Google Street View team is collecting imagery from "a place no car, trike or snowmobile has ever been before," Google announced today.

This week, photos are being gathered from portions of the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park, including the ridge, the famous Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail and more.

On its first official outing, the Street View team is using the Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top to traverse the Grand Canyon and capture 360-degree images of one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes on the planet.

The Trekker camera operator controls via an Android phone and automatically gathers photos as he walks, enabling the collection of high-quality imagery from places that are only accessible on foot.

These panoramic views will soon be live on Google Maps, giving everyone from real-life visitors to armchair travelers the opportunity to marvel at this majestic site from the comfort of their computers or mobile devices.

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