Google Trekker

Google Trekker

Agrestis Digital

Google's Craig Robinson and James Hoffacker prepare to hike into the Grand Canyon. Robinson is wearing the new Google Trekker — a Street View camera mounted to a backpack. The Trekker's two lithium ion batteries can last eight hours and power 15 cameras. The pack — designed and built by Google — weighs 40 pounds.

There really is nothing wild any more. To make absolutely sure of that, Google has unveiled its new Trekker technology: essentially, StreetView for the wilderness. Google employees are strapping on the camera contraption and hiking all over the world to map the untouched and the unseen. Soon, anyone will be able look up from the bottom of the Grand Canyon, hike the Appalachian Trail, or survey the world from the top of Mt. Everest with just a few mouse clicks.

At the very least, Google is preserving high quality images of the world in the early 21st century – for our posterity that may never see it the same way – a digital time capsule of what we call nature.

-IS

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