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How Google Street View Keeps an Eye on Things Where There Are No Streets (Video)

Roblimo posted about a year ago | from the we're-just-curious-not-snoopy-or-evil dept.

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It's not called Google Grand Canyon View, but Street View can show you what the canyon looks like even though there are no streets there -- or in the Meteor Crater or thousands of other places Google Street View Cars or tricycles or other vehicles can't go. How? With a 40 pound, human-carried version of the camera rig in the cars, complete with GPS and a "pause" button in case the human motive power system needs to take a break. But, asks Slashdot's Tim Lord, what about new, small cameras? Like GoPro? Don't they make the Trekker rig kind of obsolete? Well... Google's always working on "new and improved" everything, so the next version of the Trekker is likely to be kind of interesting.

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Grand Canyon View (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43907449)

That's Deep...

Re:Grand Canyon View (2)

JustOK (667959) | about a year ago | (#43907629)

i dig it

Re:Grand Canyon View (2)

BluBrick (1924) | about a year ago | (#43909481)

Holed on a moment...

Re:Grand Canyon View (2)

JustOK (667959) | about a year ago | (#43910457)

Crater love hath no man than this

Re:Grand Canyon View (1)

BluBrick (1924) | about a year ago | (#43911979)

... that a man layer down his life ...

lovely (0)

spongman (182339) | about a year ago | (#43907463)

yeah, that's fine. but don't you dare put a wide-angle camera on a quadcopter, or Schmidthead will get angry.

Re:lovely (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | about a year ago | (#43907519)

More importantly the FAA would have some words with you.

Re:lovely (1)

spongman (182339) | about a year ago | (#43907541)

why?

40 pounds carried? (2)

Sponge Bath (413667) | about a year ago | (#43907487)

I saw a sign on the rim when starting a hike into the canyon. It said something to the effect of be prepared or risk injury. The risk injury portion was scratched away and scrawled on top was "you will die". A 40 pound camera would certainly speed that process.

Re:40 pounds carried? (5, Informative)

simonbp (412489) | about a year ago | (#43907611)

Not if you keep to the trails, and stay hydrated. The vast majority of deaths/serious injuries are people leaving the trails or look out points and falling. Or not looking where they are going and walking off a cliff. Or just generally being dumbasses. If you obey the signs, it's perfectly safe, even with a 40+ pound pack/camera rig.

Re:40 pounds carried? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43907919)

The guy carrying Trekker was "deep into the canyon" so he had his feets at the bottom of the place = no falling.

Re:40 pounds carried? (1)

Algae_94 (2017070) | about a year ago | (#43910071)

I imagine he just teleported down there then? He kind of had to get his gear into the canyon. It's either hike down, take it on a long boat trip with some major rapids, or helicopter.

Re:40 pounds carried? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43907639)

The average Slashdot reader is carrying more than 40 extra pounds every hour of the day and it will also speed his demise.

Perhaps Slashdot needs a warning sign.

stupid hipster-wish-they-were-geeks (0)

Thud457 (234763) | about a year ago | (#43907985)

they prefer to be called Trekkies! [google.com]

Re:stupid hipster-wish-they-were-geeks (1)

camperdave (969942) | about a year ago | (#43909135)

they prefer to be called Trekkies! [google.com]

Trekkies is what non fans call fans. Fans call themselves Trekkers. You'd know this if you were a fan. Turn in your card.

Re:40 pounds carried? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43907711)

It is commonplace for mountaineering backpacks to be 50lb. And soldiers typically carry about 80lb of gear. For a prepared person, hiking the Grand Canyon with a 40lb load is still a walk in the park, both figuratively and literally! :)

Re:40 pounds carried? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43907881)

I hope you don't think that 40 pounds will make you fall faster!

Re:40 pounds carried? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43908027)

I used to hike week+ long trips in sierras over 10000+ altitude peaks and passes with a 60-80 lb pack, 40 pounds is nothing.

Re:40 pounds carried? (1)

glenebob (414078) | about a year ago | (#43909047)

This could also result in some really cool Street View footage.

Re:40 pounds carried? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43910699)

I wish Street View would do my street before doing off-road trails.

Re:40 pounds carried? (1)

Pallas Athena (2855215) | about a year ago | (#43914015)

Speed up? If I go somewhere in that canyon where I shouldn't go, and that action gets me killed, I'd rather die quickly.

Under water also (2)

whoever57 (658626) | about a year ago | (#43907511)

I was playing GeoGuesser the other day and it put me under the water near Hawaii.

Re:Under water also (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43907883)

Still better than $randomUnmarkedStreetLiterallyInTheMiddleOfNowhere. ;)

Re:Under water also (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43908437)

I got a road in the mountains of Mexico. Nothing for 10 miles in each direction. No signs except warnings for curves. I guessed the country and region, however, as one bus passed by and it was made in Mexico. Had the bus not been there, there would have been no way to figure out where it was.

But that still wasn't as bad as the dirt road in SW Australia....

Re:Under water also (1)

whoever57 (658626) | about a year ago | (#43916171)

Still better than $randomUnmarkedStreetLiterallyInTheMiddleOfNowhere. ;)

On an unmarked street, you only have 2 directions in which to explore. Under water, with no streets, you have a 360 degree choice.

Re:Under water also (1)

a_hanso (1891616) | about a year ago | (#43911215)

Next up: Google Drone.

Lightweighted (1)

Allicorn (175921) | about a year ago | (#43907587)

I googled a definition of "lightweighted". It isn't a word.

Re:Lightweighted (1)

loufoque (1400831) | about a year ago | (#43907669)

It's a neologism for "made lightweight".

Re:Lightweighted (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#43907671)

I googled a definition of "lightweighted". It isn't a word.

Correct; the word he should have used would be 'lightened'

Also... who the fuck is Steve? Not mentioned in TFS.

Outstanding reporting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43907645)

Good job editors!... intelligent questions.... I found it very informative!

OT: Tim Lord? (1)

grasshoppa (657393) | about a year ago | (#43907725)

Hands up if you read that as Time Lord at first, followed immediately by the correction and disappointment.

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43907755)

This video reminds me that I find it distracting when people start every sentence with the word "So, "

Re:So... (1)

canadiannomad (1745008) | about a year ago | (#43907887)

So, this video reminds me that I find it distracting when people start every sentence with the word "So, "

FTFY

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43907957)

So, this video reminds me that I find it distracting when people start every sentence with the word "So, "

So, FTFY

So, FTFY

Re:So... (2)

jeffmeden (135043) | about a year ago | (#43908341)

This video reminds me that I find it distracting when people start every sentence with the word "So, "

A discourse marker like "So" is often heard when the speaker is in "dumb it down" mode and needs to structure their response carefully in order to not overwhelm the audience. The interview was done by Timothy, so you can imagine almost all of his footage turns out like this.

Google will sniff your Wifi (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43907807)

Google will sniff your Wifi... no matter where you are.

Please use no or another background music (1)

Morpf (2683099) | about a year ago | (#43907859)

Dear /.TV please consider not using this kind of background music. It's quite distracting.

Re:Please use no or another background music (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#43907893)

There's no background music because there's no video.

GoPro? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43907965)

The GoPro is meant to be rugged. It isn't especially small, especially hi-res, satellite linked, and it doesn't have an especially large capacity. It isn't even meant for still shots, which is what Google Street View uses.

So.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43908051)

So apparently Steve has the disorder that afflicts a lot of techies in which he can't start an utterance without saying "So.."

No such thing as a stupid question, my ass (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43908299)

But, asks Slashdot's Tim Lord, what about new, small cameras? Like GoPro? Don't they make the Trekker rig kind of obsolete?

The cameras on the Trekker *are* pretty small, you twit. The rig not only records and synchronizes the view from several "gopro equivalent" cameras but it records attitude and position in realtime, and provides a way to record for long intervals without running out of storage space or energy (for the electronics). Strap a GoPro to your head and try to make streetview out of it some time.

Re:No such thing as a stupid question, my ass (1)

a_hanso (1891616) | about a year ago | (#43911175)

But, asks Slashdot's Tim Lord, what about new, small cameras?

You mean the ones that are only smaller on the outside?

I don't like your altitude (1)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | about a year ago | (#43911735)

Also, the cameras don't record altitude or position. The GPS unit senses it and the computer unit in the lower part of the backpack records it on the SSD. The cameras aren't actually gopro equivalent. Their sensors have less pixels, but better sensitivity and color depth. The lenses are a lot less distorting than the ones on gopro cameras and have much less lens flare.

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Google marketting (2)

chuckinator (2409512) | about a year ago | (#43908551)

It's good to see that Google finally figured out this whole marketing thing, but I didn't see an MSRP on this particular gadget.

New version of portable street view camera? (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | about a year ago | (#43908673)

Wouldn't it just be called google glass?

Re:New version of portable street view camera? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43909083)

Nonono,

GGlass is just for "Inside View" on Google Maps. Since it isn't omnidirectional they'll only use it to photo places you frequent. Using the GPS to time when an appropriate shot can be made, it will gradually build a tour able collection of your office, home, etc...

Don't worry though, that picture that it took of you naked in the bathroom mirror will have your face blurred

Re:New version of portable street view camera? (1)

Main Gauche (881147) | about a year ago | (#43910899)

actually a Beowulf cluster of Google Glasses.

Engine (1)

ickleberry (864871) | about a year ago | (#43909097)

They should put a Honda GX-100 onto that. Should have no bother pushing the operator and all the crap that's on that bike

We Love Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43909321)

We love google
Google is great
This article is an ad for Google

Slash/fail

Add Oculus Rift support please (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43911415)

I would like to upgrade my virtual tourism :)

God mode would be neat too, add drone-cameras?

Saw them in Venice (1)

Nuffsaid (855987) | about a year ago | (#43913885)

Venice, Italy, is another place where cars simply cannot go. A few weeks ago I spotted the Trekker crew on the stairs of Rialto Bridge, plus another crew filming them. They looked like they were enjoying the trek.
Some photos: http://fotoni.liviux.altervista.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5182 [altervista.org]
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