So it wasn’t the most graceful when I tried on Google’s Street View Trekker, one of several pieces of equipment the company uses to capture its Street View imagery.
The 3-foot-9-inch high (1.2m) Trekker consists of 15 cameras in a ball-like shape, mounted on a pole, powered by a computer backpack. The set up is fully waterproof and battery-powered up to 8 hours.
It’s able to capture the 360-degree images we see on Street View.
You’re meant to strap on the 44 pounds (20kg) contraption and carry it into places that are hard to reach on four wheels.
It’s been taken to places like the Komodo islands, on a zip line in Brazil leading to the Amazon, and even near a fiery volcano.
And today, it was brought for a walk through one of Singapore’s lush forest trails.
It only took about three people to help me get the Trekker on.
The hardest part was making it down three flights of stairs — the weight of the backpack caused me to lean heavily forward and I kept picturing myself tumbling down head-first.
I could also feel the 15-camera ball wobbling with each step I took, despite the Trekker looking quite sturdy. read more