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Google’s Street View team trekked the Grand Canyon for these panoramas

Continuing with its quest to put the offline world online, the Google team has gone off-road once again to capture the real world in amazing 360 degree panoramas. The latest place to get the Street View treatment? The Grand Canyon.

Google announced in June last year that as part of its Trekker programme, it would be taking specially customised camera equipment on hikes around areas like Muir Woods and the Canyon. Now the results have been integrated into Google Street View, so you can see what it would be like to take a stroll down the Bright Angel Trail, gaze out over the Colorado River or see the photo-ready sites otherwise reserved for postcards.

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According to Google Maps product manager Ryan Falor, the update includes more the 9500 interactive panoramas covering 75 miles (120 kilometres) of trails and surrounding roads, which were captured by Google employees with the Android-operated 40 pound (18 kilogram) backpacks which carry the 15-lens camera system and take photos every 2.5 seconds.

The resulting images also cover nearby areas like the meteor crater located a few miles away. Previous examples of Street View awesomeness include underwater shots in Australia, Botswana’s Okavango Delta and parks and palaces worldwide.

Author | Lauren Granger

Lauren Granger
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in... More
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  • Carlo

    Just because this game was actually ‘made’ and released, I wouldn’t expect anything this good from any one else. Just look at Dragonturd Inquisition : A souless pile of steaming crap, …not even worth finishing. Crappy games are the ‘new’ general rule, because a great many people actually seem to like souless turds void of depth and bona fide character development.

    This game may end up being a ‘novelty’….a singular gem in the presence of a mountain of general garbage. But since garbage still sells well, and since most of the people who make all game development decisions are in fact mere bean counters….I wouldn’t expect the ‘industry’ to follow the lead of The Witcher 3′. It may end up being the ONLY game that ‘I’ end up playing for the next 5 years, because, after playing this game, it makes you realize just how awful all of the junk out there for sale truly is…to the point that I am exceedingly ’embarrassed’ to have been so utterly ‘duped’ in forking over hard earned cash for souless turds like Dragonturd…

    Great, great game. Very fun. Characters are really enjoyable. Dykstra. The Baron…to name a few…they all ‘feel’ like REAL PEOPLE. and this—is quite literally mind blowing, and fantastically WELL DONE…!

  • Kaja

    ‘What’ is ‘with’ the incessant and random ‘quotes’? DAI is a fine game, and you’re not doing the pro-Witcher argument any favors by bashing it. It just makes ‘you’ sound like an ‘idiot’.

  • Carlo

    Random says ‘You’. Who the hell are you anyway, the be all say all bottom line word on all other people’s opinions??? I think not, nay, I KNOW not. I have MY opinion on this matter and You, alas, have your OWN. As for random quotes..? I quoted no one, my thoughts are my own. So I don’t know what you are referring to. As for Dragon turn, is WAS and even now IS–a souless turn. But nor I am the only one to think as such. Fun for the feeble minded requires, foremost, a feeble mind. And so, if you’ve not got one, then you’re screwed. But in the Witcher’s case, thankfully, you don’t need one, because the game is a game which actually is WORTH its asking price, whereas, Dragonturd is a sham and shameful THEFT.

    So piss off.

  • I still need to get my hands on a copy, but besides the bugs I’m hearing things about it.

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