US: Google is running a new pilot programme for Trekker, a wearable backpack camera system designed to extend the reach of Google Maps to places where Street View cars, bicycles and snowmobiles can”t go. It sent Trekker to map the Grand Canyon last October. “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,” Google explains on its web site. However, Trekker isn”t light: It weighs about 40 lbs due to all the batteries and sophisticated tech that”s built in.
Google says it”s looking for people affiliated with tourism boards, non-profits, government agencies, universities and research groups to borrow and wear Trekker on upcoming trips.