Friday, July 1, 2016

Sheep View 360: Faroe Islands find a woolly solution for Google 'streetview'

Google Street View is taken for granted in cities and towns the world over, with images of roadways available on Google Maps in every location. Well, almost every location.

In Denmark’s Faroe Islands, a smattering of 18 islands in the northern Atlantic Ocean, travellers can’t rely on all-seeing Google cameras to provide snapshots of its highways and byways. Until now.
Durita Dahl Andreassen, who works for Visit Faroe Islands, strapped solar-powered cameras to five sheep using tech-savvy harnesses. Dubbed Sheep View 360, the sheep wander and graze the islands, snapping pictures of lands home to some 70,000 sheep and 49,000 humans. Andreassen then uploads the photos to Google Maps.

The Faroe job is a big undertaking for the five creatures, who may be seeking benefits and a paid vacation soon.