In the image above, even if it’s not obvious, that person carries with great enthusiasm all the technology needed to record widescreen content with Google Street View.
With a weight of 13.6 kg, the backpack in the picture is loaded with no more than 15 digital cameras, oriented in all directions in order to capture panoramic 360-degree content. Each camera has 5 megapixels, and the whole assembly contains a series of sensors designed to make the right assignments for using the resulted content in a program like Street View.
Among other things, the device named as a highly suggestive “Tracker” includes two GPS modules, an accelerometer and a compass. If you go through areas where GPS does not work using the accelerometer and compass, the entire track recreates optionally using the last known location. The accelerometer helps the entire assembly to compensate for body movement when moving.
An Android device is also vital to the entire experience. The latter, besides monitoring the movement and exact location, will help you see what the situation of the batteries is. Two batteries, which in theory should be enough for a workday, are also included. If this does not happen, and your phone tells you that your battery is over, the good part is that you can change another battery without interrupting the capture procedure by hot-swap.
Although such gadget is very unlikely to be commercially available, we cannot wait to see the hard-to-reach places that it will capture.