Google hires camel to capture Street View imagery of the Arabian desert

  1. While most imagery for Google Street View has been shot with car-mounted cameras, there have been instances when cameras have been mounted on boats as well as on people's back. But now, for the first time, the company has mounted its...

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  2. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 346   +101

    "I'm wandering through the desert with a camera with no name."

    All I can think of sorry, but it's really a neat thing and rather odd too. Just the need to capture all these images, it's just unusual in my opinion.
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +2,171

    From CNN: When approached by a journalist inquiring about the compensation Google is providing for the labor involved with the project, the contracting camel is reported to have offered no comment, instead opting to stand up and walk past the journalist as if she weren't even there. The air of superiority the beast left in its wake was, as one local put it, "typical behavior for those smug camel bastards."
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  4. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Addict Posts: 253   +28

    I thought an oasis had vegetation. I don't see anything but sand in the clip.

    davislane1 -- hilarious
  5. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Addict Posts: 600   +57

    No offense, but I bet they had to assign some security, in order to insure it the camera wasn't stolen.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    So while the camel and handler were trekking through the desert wasteland mapping things out the boys from Google who were supposed to be doing this job were sitting on their asses at the oasis smoking Camels instead.
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,379

    Must have cost them lots of dates.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    What no jokes about Google being hump-back now?
  9. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,620   +501

    No Offense to anyone who lives in the Liwa Oasis but, History Rich? See that sand dune over there? Nothing happened on it, or that one, or that one, or th... Seriously the Wiki page for the Liwa Desert has this in the "History" section

    "The oasis is the place of birth of the ruling families of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In 1793, the ruling family Al Nahyan moved their residence from Liwa to the city of Abu Dhabi."
    "Traditionally, men from Liwa (Bani Yas tribe) were pearl divers on the coast during the summer months. Pearl diving offered an additional source of income."

    That's it, that's all, some history rich area indeed... Or as a tourist destination they list the Tal Mireb Sand Dune, used as a hill climb by 4x4s, FASCINATING! I honestly don't see the attraction to a whole lot of uninhabitable sand.

    What a waste of camel power I tell you. My assumption is Google got paid to do this by the Al Nahyan family to help richen their own culture.
  10. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 820   +390

    " "Using camels for the collection allowed us to collect authentic imagery and minimize our disruption of this fragile environment", Google said in a blog post. "

    Doesn't a desert mean that there is no "environment" to disturb?
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    And as soon as the wind blows, there is no disturbance left to worry about.

    Google doesn't want the thought of their employees getting lost in the desert while using Google Maps hitting the headlines.

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