Google Trek captures Florida beaches for all to see

(NBC News) - Florida's 825 miles of beaches are coming to a computer near you.         

Visit Florida, the state's tourism and marketing arm, begins a four-month journey Wednesday to capture 360-degree images of the state's beaches.     

These photos will be integrated into Google Maps and will be available to anyone around the world with Internet access.     

Two-person Visit Florida teams were trained by Google Map experts to capture the images.

The teams will walk about 50 miles of beach each week with a backpack that has a camera system on top.

The camera has 15 lenses, angled in different directions, so it can capture a complete picture of a location.

The images are then stitched together into a 360-degree panoramic photo.   

Officials say the images will be viewable on Google Maps next year.