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Google intends to leave no point on the globe uncharted, it seems. The Internet-search-and-aspiring-to-be-everything-else giant has introduced the Street View Trekker, a package of electronics created to capture images of places that can’t be reached by car, boat, or bike. The gadgets, including multilensed Street View cameras, have been shoehorned into an 18-kilogram pack that an intrepid cartographer can carry as he or she hits the slopes or hikes a trail.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.