Google Street View Users Get An Eiffel

No Tracker backpack camera for Le Tour, absolument pas! The Street View team rocked an elegant gunmetal-gray trolley camera, instead.

Where in the world is Street View going next? Google's intrepid map-splorers have tackled the top layer of the Eiffel Tower. It may not be as tall as the Burj Dubai--or even some of the world's highest mountains--but Gustave Eiffel's iconic 1889 creation is 1,000 feet of engineering genius.

Pascal Malite--you may remember her from Google's ascent of the Dubai edifice a couple of months back--eschewed the Tracker backpack that was used to capture Venice's pedestrian paths. You can see that gear in action here, on the trails of the Grand Canyon--a 360-degree camera on a trolley that looks like something a designer working on an Etch-a-Sketch might have drawn if he were really into Daleks. It's sleek and very A/W 2013, but proved a difficult maneuver up the final flight of the Eiffel Tower's stairs.

[Image: Flickr user Eksley]

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