Google "Trekker" Backpack Records Remote Locations

Google Street View is bolstered with a backpack.

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Aug 15, 2013  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
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Luc Vincent, Google Engineering Director for Street View, demonstrates a backpack camera called Trekker during a news conference about Google Maps on June 6, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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To record street-level views of the world's most-remote places, the Google car simply won't do.

Enter the Google backpack.

Called the "Trekker," the "modified backpack" is exactly what it sounds like: a Street View map-recording device people can strap onto their backs to get 360-degree images, according to the BBC.

The Trekker has already been used to capture images of the Grand Canyon and the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the BBC reported.

Volunteers are now taking it around the UK to record the remotest spots in England and Wales, according to the BBC.

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