Google cam maps Grand Canyon trails

Google has brought its all-seeing eyes — mounted for the first time on a backpack — down into the Grand Canyon, showcasing the attraction's most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other walkways.

In this Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo, Google product manager Ryan Falor walks with the Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo, Google product manager Ryan Falor walks with the Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo, Google product manager Ryan Falor walks with the Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows the mast of Google's Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows the mast of Google's Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows the mast of Google's Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows a mule team walking along the Bright Angel Trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Search engine giant Google is using the Trekker, a nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows a mule team walking along the Bright Angel Trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Search engine giant Google is using the Trekker, a nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows a mule team walking along the Bright Angel Trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Search engine giant Google is using the Trekker, a nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows a long horn sheep near the Bright Angel Trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Search engine giant Google is using the Trekker, a nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows a long horn sheep near the Bright Angel Trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Search engine giant Google is using the Trekker, a nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows a long horn sheep near the Bright Angel Trail on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Search engine giant Google is using the Trekker, a nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo, Google operations manager Steve Silverman stands along the canyon wall wearing the Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo, Google operations manager Steve Silverman stands along the canyon wall wearing the Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo, Google operations manager Steve Silverman stands along the canyon wall wearing the Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo, Google operations manager Steve Silverman shows low-resolution images of photos gathered by the Trekker on an Android phone during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the Trekker, a nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It's the latest evolution in mapping technology for the Mountain View, Calif., company, which has used a rosette of cameras to photograph thousands of cities and towns in dozens of countries for its Street View feature. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo, Google operations manager Steve Silverman shows low-resolution images of photos gathered by the Trekker on an Android phone during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the Trekker, a nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It's the latest evolution in mapping technology for the Mountain View, Calif., company, which has used a rosette of cameras to photograph thousands of cities and towns in dozens of countries for its Street View feature. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo, Google operations manager Steve Silverman shows low-resolution images of photos gathered by the Trekker on an Android phone during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the Trekker, a nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It's the latest evolution in mapping technology for the Mountain View, Calif., company, which has used a rosette of cameras to photograph thousands of cities and towns in dozens of countries for its Street View feature. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows the Google Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows the Google Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows the Google Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo, Google product manager Ryan Falor works with the Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo, Google product manager Ryan Falor works with the Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
In this Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo, Google product manager Ryan Falor works with the Trekker during a demonstration for the media along the Bright Angel Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The search engine giant is using the nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It’s about 4 feet in height when set on the ground, and when worn, the camera system extends 2 feet above the operator’s shoulders. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows a view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Search engine giant Google is using the Trekker, a nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It's the latest evolution in mapping technology for the Mountain View, Calif., company, which has used a rosette of cameras to photograph thousands of cities and towns in dozens of countries for its Street View feature. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows a view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Search engine giant Google is using the Trekker, a nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It's the latest evolution in mapping technology for the Mountain View, Calif., company, which has used a rosette of cameras to photograph thousands of cities and towns in dozens of countries for its Street View feature. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
This Monday Oct. 22, 2012, photo shows a view from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Search engine giant Google is using the Trekker, a nearly 40-pound, backpack-sized camera unit, to showcase the Grand Canyon’s most popular hiking trails on the South Rim and other off-road sites. It's the latest evolution in mapping technology for the Mountain View, Calif., company, which has used a rosette of cameras to photograph thousands of cities and towns in dozens of countries for its Street View feature. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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