Google sheep view launched in Faroe Islands

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Faroe Islander straps cameras to sheep to create Google 'sheep view'

A man from the Faroe Islands has brought Google Street View with a difference to the islands by using sheep.

Twenty-nine-year-old Durita Dahl Andreassen, who works for the Islands' tourism board, attached 360 degree cameras to the backs of sheep to get them to take images of the country.

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She decided to take matters in her own hands after failing to get Google cameras to the islands which lie in between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean.

"I think the Faroe Islands is the most beautiful place on Earth and I think it's sad that I can't share it with my friends abroad," she said.

"I decided to do it myself. I've been put in charge of the project 'We Want Google Street View," she added.

Google Street View is a service on search engine Google which compiles 360 degree images to give users a panoramic view of roads and specific locations.

From April through to July, Andreassen and some friends have been using the solar-powered cameras to turn sheep into Google Street View-type vehicles.

"In the Faroe Islands there are twice as many sheep as people and the Faroe Islands originally even means the Sheep Islands," Andreassen said.

"Most of the time my sheep just like to walk around and eat grass and every minute it takes a picture that I can upload to Street View. It works pretty good and the sheep doesn't really notice it," she added.

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