Google Patents Terrain Image Capturing Walking Sticks
Places like the Galápagos Islands and Grand Canyon have been mapped out in such a way, not to mention a great many hiking trails around the world. In order to keep the Trail Views coming, Google has seemingly patented the idea. A recently-granted patent, awarded to Google in the United States, describes the camera-equipped walking sticks that are presently being worn. In fact, the patent describes an actual stick for the future, in the event that Google can shrink the technology being used. It monitors geo-location data and captures imagery, which in theory would eventually be published to the Web.
It may sound crazy, but we'd love it if Google were able to get a production model ready at some point. If it's investing production resources on Glass, surely it could do the same here. Imagine being able to map out places of thousands of walkers at once; suddenly, the global mapping task would seem a lot less daunting.