Want To Wear This Street View Backpack?

Want To Wear This Street View Backpack?


NAT: This is a tale
of grand adventure, of climbing Mount Fuji,
of trekking the Arctic, of swimming with dolphins,
and window-washing the tallest building in the world. Just kidding. We don’t have the
money for that. [MUSIC PLAYING] This is just a video of us
doing doughnuts in a Street View car in a parking lot. OK, I don’t know how
many more I can take. But also a little bit more. Hey, there, I’m Nat. LO: And I’m Lo. And this is our
20% Project, where we go around Google
learning about all the stuff we’re curious about. NAT: And in this episode,
we’re finding out how Street View
gets off the street and into some of the
crazier places it goes. LO: Lots of people know
the Street View car. It’s been around the block,
mapping and photographing streets since 2007. But there’s actually a
smaller, lighter version of it, a backpack called Trekker,
for mapping all the places the cars can’t go. So we wanted to know,
how does it work? Is it the same as the cars? Or is it different? So we met up with
Steve, who engineers the camera systems, and a
repair facility of sorts for Street View. STEVE: So my job was
to take the car system and make it light
enough so we could carry it around and capture some
stuff that’s not on the street. And so this is the Trekker. NAT: Like, where was the
first place that this went? STEVE: So the first
public launch of this, we took it to the Grand Canyon. And the reason we took it to
the Grand Canyon is it’s iconic. And part of this program
is to make the world accessible to everybody. My parents can’t make
it to the Grand Canyon, but they can walk
down the Grand Canyon because of the experience
you have with the Trekker. Kids in Mexico can
see the Eiffel Tower, and kids in France can see
the temples in Mexico City. One of my colleagues
says, let’s put this on a camel– it was
actually a dromedary. LO: Is a dromedary
a kind of camel? STEVE: It’s a
single-humped camel. LO: Oh, see, I didn’t know that. STEVE: So those are
the more common things that– the two-humped
things are camels. What was really cool when
I saw the footage, is you can see the
shadow of this Trekker with this dromedary outline on
the sand, and it was gorgeous. NAT: And in addition to camels,
the Trekker camera system has been on horses, ziplines,
boats, rafts, sleds, snow cats, tricycles, kayaks,
a Wam-V, even 80 stories high. And who knows where else, next? STEVE: So there are 15 cameras. They’re five megapixels each. It makes a panoramic image– so
it looks up, looks all around, and looks down. LO: What happens in every
Street View you actually see is software that’s
automatically stitching together those 15 images. STEVE: And then,
looking down, it won’t see my feet, because
this is in the way. So we have to do something
called ground fill. And we do that by
looking forward and back, and saying, OK,
the ground probably looks something like that. And then we fill that in. So when you look straight down
in Street View, it’s not real. LO: Oh. Wow. [MUSIC PLAYING] NAT: Who gets to wear them,
like, out in the world? STEVE: At the start, Google
hired people to do it, but our biggest program is
the Trekker Loan Program. People can figure out what’s
important to their place. Like in Michigan, had some
Trekkers, and they went out and they collected a whole
bunch of beautiful places in Michigan. And we’re doing that
all over the world. LO: Can I put it on? NAT: Yes. LO: I mean, now that you’re
talking about the Trekker Program. [MUSIC PLAYING] Looks good? STEVE: Don’t lean back. I mean you can stand up. [LAUGHTER] LO: Oh, it’s there. Yeah, I can definitely feel it. STEVE: So this is 50
pounds fully-loaded with the two batteries. NAT: How often is
it taking photos? Like, if someone’s
walking around with it, is it always on,
always taking photos? STEVE: Yeah. Great question. So this is running a
frame every two seconds. So it’s sort of– step, step,
picture, step, step, picture. LO: Can you walk with me? Like, what pace would I walk? STEVE: I mean, any
speed you want you– it can go faster than you. NAT: Could she run in it? STEVE: You can run
in it if you’re– NAT: You should try. STEVE: Yeah. [LAUGHTER] LO: I feel like I could do this. NAT: You got your
hiking shoes on? LO: No. Left them in my car. But my Converse it is, instead. STEVE: All right. Off we go. [MUSIC PLAYING] LO: So say you’re going out
for a Trekker expedition. You’re going to have
this backpack that has the camera system on top,
that little soccer ball shaped thing. And then inside the backpack
is a computer that’s actually storing all those photos. And you’ve got two batteries
that last for, like, six to eight hours. And everything is controlled
via a phone, via Bluetooth. Typically a Trekker would
go out by themselves, but sometimes they
have a buddy system, just to make sure that
there’s someone else. Because you don’t actually need
two, three, people with Trekker backpacks on covering
the same thing. NAT: It’s a solo
adventure kind of mission. LO: Yeah. My kind. NAT: But I mean, I guess
you could bring a dog, if you wanted to. LO: I feel like I accomplished
a lot today, actually. I definitely learned a lot. NAT: What happens
if I hit this tree? STEVE: You might fall over. NAT: OK. Well, that wouldn’t be fun. [MUSIC PLAYING] [WAVES CRASHING]

99 thoughts on “Want To Wear This Street View Backpack?

  1. Cool Video. I wish I could borrow a Google Trekker Camera for a day or two. The reason, to give the individual a glimpse of our roads and dirt roads in Iberia, Missouri.
    – Hwy K, Iberia, Missouri,
    – Bethany Rd and some other nearby dirty roads of Iberia, Missouri.
    Exploring and getting data for the world.
    Ronnie

  2. Hi #NatandLo  would you be interested in profiling Google Glass and maybe Isabelle Olsson, one of the designers of glass?

  3. Google street view has come a long way from car view to trek view. It would be nice to participate in this project, but regional location would prevent it. India has banned street view.

  4. Very interesting & enjoyed it.   A good learning experience.   Helpful to know you can "borrow" one of these.

  5. Цікаве відео про #StreetView.. І на перспективу цікавий канал на #YouTube..

  6. Vocês poderiam colocar legenda nos videos para quem for do Brasil? por que estou querendo assistir a os videos mas não falo inglês.

  7. Instagram sent me here and this has become a very nice channel. I'm curious about this trekker thing now. Keep up this fun 20% project.

  8. @André Fernandes Pelegrini Duas empregadas do google fizeram uma webserie mostrando os bastidores do google

  9. Well that was interesting, thanks NatAndLo
    I have wondered if the trecker has some kind of Stabilization- thing , you know to keep the images on some kind of flat plain, when walking around on odd surfaces.
      (Or is this done in post prod?)

  10. Maybe the trekker could go to the Philmont Scout Ranch just south of Cimarron New Mexico? It's the world's largest camp at over 151,000 acres. Lots of miles of hiking trails all starting at 6,700 feet and going up to the top of Mount Baldy which is just over 12,400 feet. It would definitely need to go to the top of the Tooth of Time as well. And with the neighboring land agreements, one could potentially hike in any of 250,000 acres. They have back country camps that specialize in various outdoor Scouting-related activities. More info: www.philmontscoutranch.org

  11. So cool, thanks for sharing!! I've always wondered about all these things, I'm so glad you two are just as curious AND in a position to share the knowledge. Keep it up!

  12. Hey, nice ideia you guys came up with! Can you make a video about the new AI project that google is running? And maybe about how it will skynet and destroy mankind, who knows

  13. Hello @Nat and Lo! I have a word to summarize the content of #NatAndLo 20%'s Project: A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! I read a book called "How Google Works" and I would like to know if this serie of videos was inspired in the concept explained during the book called: "use yours 20% of time". I want more videos! Please! <3

  14. I'm loving these videos! this one made me stop and think about which places are important to me and that I'd like to share with the world! pretty cool!

  15. Learnt something cool and interesting. Thanks for your efforts in putting together this video.
    Interesting presentation. Would look forward to the upcoming videos.

  16. I have watched many of ur videos.. And.. They are all amazing.. Keep doing this.. Love to see what's going inside of .."google"..

  17. Anyone want to know how +Mr Droogle TIP +Drew Cunningham shot this #BusinessView tour 9 metres up in the trees without a Trekker?? https://goo.gl/maps/W4Vqa

  18. Great! Thanks for sharing with us how the street view works 🙂
    If it´s possible, could you please show us how is the challenger for the team to improve constantly the Google Analytics to follow the changes of the interaction behavior of custumers an new tecnologies.

    Thanks!

  19. Thanks Nat and Lo! Just introduced my elementary students to 20% Genius Hour in STEAM Class, and they are pumped! Plan to show them some of your videos next for inspiration!

  20. My 20% project would definitely involve Google Street View. Imagine being able to walk around with cardboard anywhere in the world. If the cars and trekkers would photograph insanely often, like 30 or 60 fps then you could use it kind of like a movie. So if I put on my Cardboard and jumped to a Street View high fps place I could actually walk around and see the world. And no matter how fast or slow I walked it would still feel sort of real because of all the frames and the software would just adjust and skip frames depending on your pace. The coolest would definitely be if it was photographed with a car driving at a pretty high speed and then I would walk through the scene. Things would move in slow motion. People would appear to stand almost still. I could walk past them, walk faster then cars and so on. Please make this happen! At least in a few places as a test.

  21. Hey learnt a lot about "street view/trekker" through this clip, can see how it might be good for kids in schools. Thanks for taking the time to document and share.

  22. Hey Nat and Lo! I love the videos, but was wondering if you two work at Google, what are your official positions there? Your work seems amazing, and (Judging by the comments) really affects people. This kind of work is something I aspire to do too.

  23. still does not answer the questions on how they did it? did they use titanium or aircraft aluminum for the frame. what kind of batteries lithium ion, lead acid or betavoltaic? the development of blackbox system?

  24. whoo…, love u guys, this was really knowledgeable, fun mixed with knowledge, would love if you could give us a insight about google hiring procedure & training. Thanks

  25. Would be a bit crazy but: Doing the renting-thing with difficult law situations for streetview (ex. germany) – could Google give the right to say that not google decided to do 360° photographs there, but the people who rent streetview-hardware and google is only giving the opportunity to let the user do that…
    after a bit more thoughts…
    completely off-google – so it's only on google based software + hardware, but hosting and everything else is in the hand of the user… to have it completely not at googles side if it comes to difficult law situations

  26. Hei! I'm planning to buy Gopro box with 6 cameras end make a pictures in the buildings (shopping centres, hotels,museums….. with 360degrees) whith google street view. How and where I can download it-this programm? And how I can upload the photos? I spend all day and can't find it. HELP with info!!!

  27. I wish to study engineering, and I find all of your video so interesting!!! thanks for your content!! 🙂

  28. Why are they using STEEL parts? They could dramatically cut the 42lbs weight with composites and plastics.

  29. this is so great! it kind of creates less class separation but i can't help but think how many people will begin to use the technology that live close to where they want to "go" … Just a little cause and effect thought…

  30. OMG! Steve looks like a guy who goes to my church! And I think the guy who goes to my church is named Steve

  31. Gamal = Camel = one humped animal. Buhkt (Bacterian camel ) = two humped camel >>>>>
    Dromedry = Arabian camel — originally the word camel is Arabic and it meant the Arabian camel >>> so when you call a camel a camel it is not wrong

  32. Im interesed to know why in kosovo google stret maps not work ,. in macedonia work, albania work .. serbia work ,. montenegro work , but kosovo is also a state why to not come in kosovo?

  33. Up next Nat and Lo visit blackop sites with the help of DARPA's….ooops er um Google's homedrone virtually yours designer handbag cams

  34. Mapping the entire world by photographing every street… sounded like a BHAG, but Trekker Loan Program made it possible. " 'Scary' just means the opportunity is big enough." (quote Jenny Blake) Thanks for all the courage I have grown out of by seeing the moonshots/roofshots played out.

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