Google put its Street View camera on a camel’s back to tour the Arabian desert

Google’s Street View cameras have been carried around on cars, boats, people, and now camels. The company recently set out to capture 360-degree imagery of the Arabian desert, and to “minimize” disruptions of what Google calls a “delicate environment,” the Maps team affixed its Trekker camera onto the back of a dromedary named Raffia. It’s safe to assume that before Google came along, Raffia had never transported anything quite like this through the desert.

The result is a truly fantastic tour of the Liwa Desert, and the unique perspective almost makes it feel like you’re on the camel’s back instead of Google’s expensive camera technology. But just look down and you’ll see Raffia’s shadow along with the Indian guide who led the…

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