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Winner - Bronze
Designer: Dan Harden - CEO/Founder/Principal Designer
Design Type: Industrial & consumer tools and equipment
Company / Organization / School: Whipsaw, Inc.
Team Members: Dan Harden, Elliot Ortiz, Britt Jensen of Whipsaw, Inc. for Google.
The Trekker backpack is Google’s new mapping device that works with Street View, Google Maps and Google Earth. It produces photographs and interactive maps of anyplace on the planet automobiles cannot access, such as nature trails, world wonders, museums, and dense city centers. Because of its unique mobility, Trekker is becoming a valuable tool for cartographers who are currently documenting some of the greatest places on Earth for everyone to learn about and enjoy. Trekker is an all-in-one backpack that includes a 360-degree camera array (that creates perfectly-stitched images of its surroundings), two positioning LIDARS for mapping terrain, a computer with heat sink cooling, and two hot-swap batteries. Users include volunteers or individuals paid to document a particular location. Trekker has created a subculture of travelers committed to revealing new frontiers and sharing their exciting experiences with the global community. Trekker is out there right now documenting every corner of the Earth so we can all learn more about this incredible planet of ours.