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Google Trekker Explores BattleShip Island, May Look Familiar if You Like James Bond

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Google recently opened up the Trekker program to third parties, allowing folks to borrow those funny looking backpacks, enabling Google to expand their Street View of the entire world at a quicker pace. The newest exotic spot to get Street Viewed is the Japanese island of Hashima, otherwise known as Battleship Island. 

Hashima was once a coal mining facility that housed workers, but was abandoned in the 70s. Since then, due to the buildings falling down, tourists are restricted from stepping foot on the island. If you watched the last James Bond film, then it should look quite familiar to you.

Ready to take the tour? Check it out here.

Via: TechCrunch

  • Shaun

    I didn’t realize that they didn’t actually film Skyfall on the island. Recreated at a studio & via CGI. Looked pretty legit to me!

  • Spider210

    i think its pretty neat :)

  • DiegoKokomo

    Apparently Nike has not yet made it to Japan.

  • Trevor

    The music in that video has inspired me to do great things today.

    • Joy E. Allen

      just as John responded I am dazzled that anybody can make $5765 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you see this webpage

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  • Higher_Ground

    Cool, but from what I recall from a recent CNN article there’s a lot of bad history around that places (prisoners of war, overcrowded tenements). They also mentioned how it was crumbling to the point they didn’t actually film the scenes on the ruins but recreated them on a set.

    • Jason Downing

      There’s a lot of bad history surrounding a lot of places. I think that’s part of what makes them so interesting to see/visit.

      • michael arazan

        Need to do Iwo Jima, people are only allowed on that island a few times every year as the whole island is considered a military cemetery, and was left the same way after everyone left it. I t was so blown apart no vegetation remained on the island that they did aerial seed drops in order to bring vegetation back to the island.

    • Ej McCarty

      I think being in Japan qualifies it automatically for being a bad place to vist.

  • duke69111

    I would be curious to know how that thing takes a good picture when its bouncing around while you walk.

    • Higher_Ground

      me too. I have a hard enough time getting decent photo sphere pictures (could just be my gnex camera) but if people are moving around changing terrain it seems like you’d have lots of blurry images.

      edit: after looking around, it makes more sense. The pictures are spaced pretty far apart for what you’d imagine was a slow walking pace. I guess they either stopped for a few moments to take the picture or they just eliminate the ones that don’t come out as nice. That being said they seem a lot clearer than the ones the cars collect.

      • litobirdy

        maybe they pause,take pick, walk again, stop, take pic. thats why you click on arrows on google maps to skip to the next frame

    • j__h

      For a system like that I would not be surprised if they had active image stabilization.