October 31, 2012

Google Maps Heads to Grand Canyon

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Google continues to map where no mapper has mapped before. This time it is the Grand Canyon. A 360º view of the Bright Angel Trail to the Colorado River means a ten mile hike that ranges in elevation from 6,900 feet in elevation to 2,400 feet, courtesy of Luc Vincent, Google engineering director, his team and handy trekker on his backpack. They then hiked back up from the Phantom Ranch through the South Kaibab Trail. Other trails were shot as well.

The automatic trekker captures images every 2.5 seconds with 15 5 mp cameras. Because the GPS data is limited, sensors record temperature, vibrations and orientation before turning them into images. Google wants to continue mapping in national forests, Mount Everest and even ancient edifices.

Via Google

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at October 31, 2012 11:01 AM
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