Getting your hands on the Google Street View Trekker and taking it around could be a dream answered. Google is now helping you take a shot at that dream by inviting applications from prospective candidates. The Street View Trekker is available on a loan program and is an initiative aimed to increase the visual mapping program’s reach across the world into areas that are off track for the vehicles normally used by Google, like cars, trikes, snowmobiles etc. The Google Street View Trekker Project is open to organizations with some terms and conditions in place.
Let’s take a look at the Google Street View Trekker first. Watch the nicely composed video below. It is designed to capture 360-degree panoramic images through 15 lenses each angled in a different direction. The composite shots, each taken at 2.5 second intervals, are later stitched into the panoramic images.
The camera is operated with an Android phone and you can carry it around in a wearable backpack. One of the default (and unmentioned) conditions is that you have to be fit – it weighs 15 kilograms. To fit the bill to use the Trekker however, applicants need to be attached to a tourism board, non-profit, university or research organization.
If you think that you have what it takes to lug the Street View Trekker around some of the most beautiful and wildest of terrains, head to this location first for the application. The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) has been the first to take advantage of this exciting opportunity. Google has documented the experience on its LatLong blog. As Google says – Happy Trekking!