Navigate this massive corn maze using Google Street View

Just because you can't make it to the Edmonton Corn Maze doesn't mean you can't try to solve the epic cornstalk challenge.

Inside the corn maze
Are you up to the virtual challenge? Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

The Edmonton Corn Maze had a major challenge on its hands. Last year, the maze was also the world's largest QR code. How do you top that? With a different kind of technology. The farm is now host to the first corn maze accessible using Google Street View.

This year's maze features a popcorn theme. You can virtually navigate every single piece of popcorn, as well as the "box" it sits in. Chances are, you'll get virtually lost in there as well. There are more than three miles of corn-walled paths and 85 different decision points along the way.

Corn maze owner Jesse Kraay isn't one to shy away from puns when asked where the idea came from. "It's been a kernel in the back of my mind for awhile. Ever since Street View went live a few years ago, I had the thought that it would be pretty cool to have a virtual maze online," he tells CNET.

Once the corn was tall enough by mid-August, local photographer Kyle Giesbrecht came out and took more than 600 photos of the maze. Those photos were stitched together to create the Street View experience.

The Street View effort lets people who can't make it up to Edmonton try their hand at navigating the massive maze. If you get stuck while inside, you might be able to find your way out via your mobile device. Really hard-core maze-goers also could use the technology to plan out a route ahead of time, though that might be considered cheating.

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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