Google Earth to give us 17-mile virtual tour of Boston’s Charles River

 

MassLive
by Laura Newberry

The Charles River seen from the 50th floor of the Prudential Center in Boston. (Flickr Creative Commons - Ville Miettinen)

The Charles River seen from the 50th floor of the Prudential Center in Boston. (Flickr Creative Commons – Ville Miettinen)

 

For those in Western Massachusetts who don’t make it out to the Boston area often, the city’s iconic river will soon be just a few clicks away.

The Charles River is going virtual by way of Google Earth, according to The Boston Globe. 

The Charles River Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit, will document the 17-mile stretch between the Watertown Dam and the Boston Harbor by boat for two weeks in October, the Globe reports.

The panoramic portrait will be made up of stitched-together snaps from the Google “Trekker” camera, a 40-pound piece of machinery carried on a photographer’s back.

Google Trekker operator Eko Pramono wears the camera unit during a demonstration for the media, at Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.  Slamet Riyadi

Google Trekker operator Eko Pramono wears the camera unit during a demonstration for the media, at Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.
Slamet Riyadi

The Trekker is being manned by Evan Bradley, a part-time conservancy employee and a 22-year-old Northeastern University graduate, Boston.com said.

While a release date hasn’t been set, Google’s Street View Team has confirmed the tour will be available within the coming months.

The Globe describes the Trekker’s top end as “15 lenses facing in different directions and looks like a soccer ball awkwardly welded to a boxy backpack.” The contraption is most known for riding atop Google Street View vehicles, but has more recently gained attention for traveling to places like the Grand Canyon and the Borobudur Temple in Indonesia.

 

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