The trekker, device that images every 2.5 seconds being erected on a zipline Photo: Google / Playback
Manaus, Amazonas, 03 de March, 2015-For those who never managed to set foot in the Amazon rainforest, Google is giving a hand extending the Amazon Street View project there.
The company has made images of the region, but is now improving the quality installing fitted zip-line with cameras in the woods. Home to millions of species of plants, animals and insects, the Amazon rainforest is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Many unknown species wandering the tops of primary forests on trees that are there for centuries. As of today, with the help of our partners from Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), you can begin to unravel some Woodland Wonders, traveling from the crown to the root of a tree in the first zip line Google Street View.
The first capture phase of the Amazon images to virtual tour on Google Street View, was held in 2010, with the FAS (Amazonas Sustainable Foundation), in the Sustainable Development Reserve of Rio Negro, which is located 71 km from Manaus. Since then, there has been expansion of the tourism potential in the region, with new lodging and restaurants.
Now, during the second stage of the Amazon Street View, which began in August 2014, the FAS team traveled more than 500 km of rivers, lakes and forest, passing through 18 communities. The update, released on 02 March, brings together 360° images in the Sustainable Development Reserves (RDS) Juma and Madeira, located 228 km from Manaus, in the Amazon. The new chosen area is 900,000 hectares of forest. There were 18 days of dispatch of more than 500 km of rivers and 20 km of trails through the jungle.
In addition, more than 20 km were flown into the forest (with images from several angles, including the treetops) and have also been shown internal environments such as hotels, homes and schools. Eduardo Taveira, technical and scientific superintendent of the foundation, said the virtual tour seeks a connection between the Internet user and the community, all designed by the residents, who wanted to appear as they really are, and are not as seen in the newspapers.
Roberto Mendonça, which was already illegal timber and now works with sustainable tourism, did not think that the work was yield much fruit. "My job was not good for the forest and not to my community," he says, that after his inn included in the project was to receive a large number of foreign tourists.
In this phase of the project, we used the Street View Trekker, a photographic 15 lens system, which weighs 18 kg and is slightly larger than a meter and can be taken more easily than the version of the first stage of the project. Photos are automatically recorded, with an interval of approximately 2.5 seconds.
The trekker might also be hung on a zip-line, to acquire images from the treetops, experience the project leader on the ground, Gabriel Ribenboim, considered unprecedented in the world. For Karin Tuxen Bettman, Google Earth Outreach Manager, technological advances offer new experiences to users.
According to Gabriel Ribenboim Google technology facilitated everything. "With the new technology, which allows greater mobility and autonomy, we enter more deeply into trails and streams never before imaged, such as track 11 km in the dense forest that connects the Auruá River communities in the Rio Mariepaua," he says. "In an unprecedented experience in the world with this new Google technology, we can adapt the equipment in a zip line set at one of the largest chestnut trees in the region with a height of around 60 meters, going back a decline in the treetops to the ground documenting all forest strata, "adds Gabriel.
Despite the innovations and beautiful images that will please the browser several places, the focus of the project is to show the reality of community residents. They also assisted in the capture of images.