Canals of Venice Come to Street View

Street View is one of the less useful products to come out of Google, but it's also home to a fascinating new form of people watching and exploration. After adding in sections of the Great Barrier Reef, the search giant's latest addition to the Trekker project is Venice.

Trekker is a new project using a large backpack equipped with 15 cameras to help it capture an insane amount of detail. Google employees take the backpack and walk (or swim) through places that can't accommodate cars. It's a laudable effort, and one I hope to see more of in the coming months.

Check out the results, here.

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  • I'm not sure how you can say Street View is "one of the less useful products to come out of Google". I use it all the time to familiarize myself with places I go in Chicago that I've never been to before. I would imagine realtors find it invaluable.
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  • Can't believe they think it's "less useful". Street view is the greatest tool ever for travel...I have used it from scoping out job interview locations, to finding parking in a busy city for shows.
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  • Street view is google's second most useful product after Google.com
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