Google's Trekker brings Street View to hiking trails


June 8, 2012

The Android-powered system is contained within a single backpack (Photo: Google)

The Android-powered system is contained within a single backpack (Photo: Google)

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Over the last few years, Google's specially-designed cars, trikes, trolleys and snowmobiles have brought interactive Street View technology to the cities and jungles of the world – but why stop there? The search giant recently unveiled the Street View Trekker, a hi-tech backpack-contained system that will bring Street View to those places that can only be reached on foot.

The Android-powered setup weighs in at 40 pounds (18 kg) and includes 15 five-megapixel cameras, a hard drive for local storage, and two batteries that provide enough power for a full day's walk.

The captured images are stored in the hard drive, processed by Google, and finally uploaded to the Web. Google plans to take the backpack to canyons, national parks, castles and ruins.

Nature Valley has already done something similar, using a backpack-mounted multi-lens camera to capture 360-degree imagery of trails in some of America's national parks.

The short video below shows the Google Trekker in action.

Source: Google Lat Long Blog

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Dario Borghino Dario studied software engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin. When he isn't writing for Gizmag he is usually traveling the world on a whim, working on an AI-guided automated trading system, or chasing his dream to become the next European thumbwrestling champion. All articles by Dario Borghino

Great!! Now we don't need to leave our houses anymore =P

No, seriously, this is a great idea, specially to plan our trips and outdoor adventures


Seems useful. I never take pictures, so now I could show people where I was without having to take holiday snaps. Only problem that I can see is that I tend to go places where other people do not..

Alan Belardinelli

At what point do we have excessive information? Is basic individual exploration dead. Perhaps is would be good to reread, "The Ulysses Factor".

Dennis Wright

Super idea, now where do we go get them to map the favorite hikes in our area?


Is it waterproof? I'm willing to strap one to my kayak.

Bryan Paschke

Great of them to redo this, but it was done by Nature Valley over a year ago.

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