Map the World One Step at a Time with Google Shoes!*

Map the World One Step at a Time with Google Shoes!*


It’s your turn to do something for the planet. Put on your Google Shoes and help map the world.

Google is planning to map the entire surface of the planet, similar to the satellite images that you’ll find at Google Earth, but only with much, much, more detail. Dubbed, Google: Terra Firma, this project will eventually allow people anywhere in the world to look up a specific spot on the planet and view it while virtually walking in any direction, regardless of obstacles. You will be able to climb mountains and see each individual rock along the way in perfect detail. In New York you can ride the subway, and then go to the top of the Empire State Building. Google is hoping that there won’t be anywhere that you can’t go, but it’s up to you to make this a reality.

Google is in the process of conducting a worldwide search for mappers. Each mapper will be required to purchase a pair of Google Shoes, outfitted with wide-angle camera lens and GPS software, and will be required to walk throughout their region for the next two years. In exchange for the purchase of the equipment and the effort, Google will offer each mapper unlimited internet for life including several thousand dollars worth of downloadable software of their choice.

The Google Shoes send a message to the Google satellite, pinpointing the mappers exact coordinates and uploading the recorded video. All of this information is then ingested into the master matrix encoder where it is sorted and distributed to the appropriate server where it will be downloaded and assembled as per customer request. It may take years before each and every street in the world is mapped, or each and every building is entered, but Google claims they will have millions of mappers working every second of the day to collect this data.

If another mapper walks over a previously mapped territory, that new information will be refreshed. In this way, Google: Terra Firma will be an ongoing project, constantly changing and evolving as old structures are torn down and new ones are created.

When asked how Google plans to get people to map isolated areas such as the South Pole and the jungles of New Guinea, John Screwgutt replied, “We’re not too worried about that. Anyone that wants to see what’s happening 16.5 kilometers west of the coast of the Bay of Fundy can damn well go and walk it in person,” he shouts. “We’ll just make that part up, with plenty of ice and crap. Who’s gonna’ know?”

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