Google’s Street View started out as a road-mapping system, with imagery provided by cameras attached to cars. Then the search-engine giant decided to record walk-throughs of some of the planet’s most iconic (and car-inaccessible) spots, so it began strapping cameras to hikers’ backpacks.
Now comes the next step: taking Street View into the trees.
In order to capture the teeming, thick canopy of the Amazon rainforest, Google dangled its sophisticated, bulbous Trekker cameras from zip lines dozens of feet above the jungle floor. And for those who want to take a look from ground level, Google also took Street Views (Jungle Views?) of river tributaries, isolated villages, and much more—all available via the company’s Street View hub.