Memphis Is Awesome Alert: Google Trekker Memphis Is Live Today

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 7th 2015 870 0

For some months now, Google has been working with folks at the Memphis CVB to put Memphis on the map in a different way. You're probably familiar with Google Street View, but Google Trekker takes that to the next level with 3D images, allowing people from all over the world to explore some of the coolest parts of Memphis. And it's live today.  

Memphis Riverfront Google Trekker - smaller
Here's a screenshot of the Google Trekker view from on top of Beale Street Landing.

Memphis is one of only a very few cities who have participated in the Street View Trekker Loan Program, which means we're ahead of the curve on this kind of technology. It's just yet another reason to love Memphis. 

What is the Google Maps Street View Trekker, exactly? It's a 40-pound backpack with a mounted camera that captures panoramic images from anywhere the wearer can walk. The images are stitched together for a complete 360 view of the area and made available when anyone in the world clicks on that area on Street View in Google Maps.

The Loan Program allowed the Memphis CVB to borrow the Trekker equipment and capture locations from around the city.

Memphis Zoo Google Trekker - smaller
Screenshot from Google Trekker at the Zoo. It's way too cold to go to the Zoo today, but you can virtually check out the animals anyways.

Here are some of the places in Memphis that the world can now virtually visit. Click on the links to see Google Trekker in action:
Memphis Riverfront
Graceland
Memphis Zoo
Shelby Farms Park
Overton Park
Rhodes College

Go here for more info on the Google Maps Street View Trekker. Go here to read the article from today's Memphis Daily News, which goes into more detail on the process and Google's partnership with the Memphis CVB.

Bob Hazlett - Google Trekker 2014 -1
My boss, Bob Hazlett, wearing the Google Trekker backpack this summer. 


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Wow ! That's really cool!  Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lisa Turner says:

    A cleaner view than Google Earth. Thanks for the heads up!
     

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