In context with some of Google's other exploits, creating a kayak-mounted 360-degree camera rig for taking Street View photos seems positively pedestrian. After all, it's not a self-driving car or an Internet-granting weather balloon or a DARPA-approved scary-ass robot. But it's still pretty cool, as evidenced by the post on the official Asia Pacific blog.

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Google's indefatigable Street View team paddled a one-person kayak equipped with the omni-directional cameras around selected portions of Peninsular Malaysia, snapping photos of large cities, small villages, and remote wilderness. Malaysia isn't suffering from a lack of Street View coverage in the first place (unlike Egypt, where Google mapped the pyramids at Giza and called it a day), but the kayak-mounted rig allows for some really cool views that even locals might never get to experience.

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Check out Google's blog post for embeds of the more interesting locations. Want to start at the beginning? Click here and use the on-screen navigation tools.