Google Sheep View

Ruben Baart
July 31st 2016

There is a piece of the world that has not been mapped by Google’s all-seeing eye, and that’s a shame according to Visit Faroe Islands, the tourist agency of the “sheep islands” that launched a petition to get Google there. With a population of 49.188 humans and 80.000 sheep, the archipelago rightfully deserves its name. As part of Denmark, the 18 tiny islands in the north Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland are invisible to the maps of Google Street View, so they invented their own Street View technology. Introducing, Sheep View 360.

Armed with 360-degree solar powered cameras strapped to their backs, five sheep are equipped with a harness carrying the so-called lamb-cams. Designed by local shepherd Durita Dahl Andreassen, the lamb-cams photograph the islands as the sheeps roam around. These photos are then sent to Andreassen’s cellphone, who manually uploads them to Google Street View.

“I think that we’re ready for this” says Andreassen. “It’s a place that has always been so hidden and far away from everything, but I think that we are ready to invite people to the place”. Besides wanting Google to pay a visit, the islands are welcoming visitors to see their vast landscapes, beautiful shores, and of course, their sheep.

With astonishing visits to Antartica, the White House, and even a trip to the bottom of the ocean, Google certainly cannot let the Faroe Islands uncovered. Until that time, the temporary solution of strapping cameras on sheep is very entertaining. To learn more about animal perspectives, make sure to see the Google Camel and Cat Street View.

Source: The Guardian. Image: Visit Faroe Islands

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