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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.