Trekken the Canyon
February 6, 2013 12:59 PM   Subscribe

As a follow-up to this post, Google has now launched its Grand Canyon street view imagery. (gallery) (promo video)
posted by LoopyG (10 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like one of those backpack rigs to wear at Mardi Gras. Also: This is very cool.
posted by ColdChef at 1:16 PM on February 6, 2013

Welp, I can cross that off my 'bucket list' now.
posted by mazola at 1:16 PM on February 6, 2013

The Trekker is operated by an Android device and consists of 15 lenses angled in a different direction so the images can be stitched together into 360-degree panoramic views. As the operator walks, photos are taken roughly every 2.5 seconds.

But how much does it weigh?
posted by ColdChef at 1:17 PM on February 6, 2013

AH! It's under 40 pounds, runs on two lithium batteries for a whole day, and runs on Android.
posted by ColdChef at 1:20 PM on February 6, 2013

Grand Canyon United States
Address is approximate

posted by The Deej at 1:21 PM on February 6, 2013

Bummed no Kaibob trail. Figured they'd do Bright Angel.
posted by k5.user at 1:26 PM on February 6, 2013

Bummed no Kaibob trail.

There's some Kaibab imagery.
posted by LionIndex at 2:18 PM on February 6, 2013

I looked at this for about 5 minutes before the overwhelming urge to get out of this chair & go outside came over me, then I was knocked back down by the fact that I just can't afford to drive out there RIGHT NOW. I want to see Havasu falls before I die, please.

Touring the world via Google maps street view is simultaneously wonderful & utterly depressing, somehow.
posted by Devils Rancher at 2:27 PM on February 6, 2013

I think it's just me, because no else seems to complain -- but I find the street view controls for stuff like this so counterintuitive and confusing that I never end up exploring much. One time you click and it wooshes forward; another time you click what seems like the same place and now your mouse is controlling the pan; click again and it zooms way on some stupid detail you never wanted to look at; click on the map thing and drag the guy elsewhere and the view doesn't change; move the guy around and he disappears from the map. Either I'm just horrible at street view or it's a simply dreadful UI -- or maybe a bit of both.

Whatever the case, street view is one of those things that makes me feel like I'm getting old and just can't figure it out anymore (see also: keeping my smartphone contacts in sync with gmail, google+, facebook, etc).
posted by treepour at 6:30 PM on February 6, 2013

It is sort of creepy how the guy in the blue polo is always trailing behind then he's gone then he's back etc etc.
At the mid-way point on the Black Bridge, looking back towards tunnel, you can see the head gear w/cameras so maybe they had a technical issue.
posted by jaimystery at 6:31 PM on February 6, 2013

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