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Google uses new 'Trekker' backpacks to bring Street View inside the Grand Canyon

9,500+ panoramic images of Grand Canyon captured by Google employees using Trekker backpacks

Charles Gantt | Jan 31, 2013 at 9:03 am CST (0 mins, 44 secs time to read)

You may remember last July when Google first announced its "Trekker" backpack, the wearable version of the photography rig used in Street View cars. Today we are seeing a result of what these backpacks really excel at.

Google uses new 'Trekker' backpacks to bring Street View inside the Grand Canyon |

Google Maps has just seen the addition of over 9,500 panoramic images of the Grand Canyon added to its service. Google sent a number of its employees, armed with the Trekker backpack, out in the sweltering Arizona heat to explore the Bright Angel Trail, Colorado River, and other landmarks within the Grand Canyon.

The Trekker backpack includes 15 camera lenses that capture a full 360 photo every time the shutter is snapped and weighs roughly 40 pounds. Overall the trekkers explored over 45 miles of the breathtaking natural wonder and you can experience their journey as well by heading over to Google Maps and using the Street View option to explore the Grand Canyon.

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Charles Gantt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Charles Gantt

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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