Google Trekker Program Allows Off-Road Street View, Invites Available

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on July 01 2013 11:33 AM

Google has begun accepting applications for its Street View Trekker program, which gives volunteers a backpack camera to capture panoramic images from exotic locales around the world. The Mountain View, Calif., company’s Street View program captures 360-degree views using special camera technology that allows users of Google Maps to get ground-level perspectives of what they see online.

 

invitations to join its Street View Trekker program, where a backpack camera captures panoramic images from exotic locales around the world. The Mountain View, Calif., company’s Street View program captures 360-degree views using a special camera technology, allowing users of Google Maps to get a ground-level perspective.

In a similar manner to how Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Street View vans travel the streets of cities and neighborhoods around the world, the Trekker backpack program adapts the 360-degree-capturing camera into a wearable backpack. Google is allowing select third-party companies to photograph hikes on mountainous terrain or other exciting places off the beaten path, and interested parties can sign up here.

GoogleTrekker The Trekker backpack contains 15 digital cameras to create its signature panorama, shown here in the Galapagos Islands.  Courtesy / Google

The Google Trekker backpack weighs 42 pounds and contains 15 digital cameras to create its signature panorama. The 5-megapixel cameras snap a photo 24 times a minute, while two GPS receivers log location data, which the Trekker stores on solid state drives, or SSDs. The Trekker backpack’s dual lithium batteries last for eight hours.

Google Trekker Google's official Trekker logo shows the Street View Pinman wearing the 42-pound backpack.  Google

Google’s Street View Trekker backpack is currently only available on loan to third-party organizations such as tourism boards, nonprofits and higher-education groups. If you could, where would you take the Trekker?

Google Trekker At Grand Canyon A Google Trekker captures panoramic views of the Grand Canyon.  Google

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