River-Rafting Company Creates First "360 Degree" Grand Canyon Video

If you've never been on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, a new video by a river-rafting company may be the next best thing.

The video by Western River Expeditions, in partnership with 360 Labs and Google Streetview, was shot during one of the company's rafting trips last August. It's a 360-degree video, an emerging technology that allows the viewer to move the view up, down, left and right to see everything happening around the boat.

The project was the culmination of a 10-year collaboration, the river-rafting company said in a news release. This video is only about two and a half minutes long, but the videographers shot more than 100 named Grand Canyon Rapids during the trip. They said they plan to use the footage for a variety of projects, including a documentary about the controversial proposed development at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers.

Users of desktop or laptop computers can view the video at this link. It's also available to Google Chrome users on Android phones, but it's not supported by iPhones or iPads (yet).

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

Photo courtesy of Western River Expeditions

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