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From overseas to underwater, Google Maps has almost done it all. Now they’re mapping by foot. Their next stop? The Grand Canyon. With 40-pound waterproof backpacks called Trekkers, Google’s Street View team can map just about anything anywhere. The pack is a smaller version of the equipment used on Google’s Street View cars. It’s made up of 15 camera lenses that capture an image every 2.5 seconds, and it’s controlled by an Android phone via USB. Multiple groups of two set out 50 meters apart to take on the trails. The best images will be stitched together seamlessly upon their return. Read more about the Google Street View team’s expedition at WIRED.

|  October 27th, 2012
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