Google’s “Liquid Galaxy”

In Read, Watch on September 23, 2010 at 7:22 am

Here’s a video of Google software engineer Jason Holt demonstrating his team’s “20% Time” project which takes the data available in Google Earth and marries it to a bunch of plasmas and a joystick:

We wanted to try visualizing other cool geo displays, so in July, Dan Barcay, one of the engineers on the Google Earth team, modified a Google Earth client so that it would synchronize views across multiple computers. The effect was pretty stunning: all of a sudden, flying around in Google Earth really felt like flying, and exploring the ocean trenches was like piloting a submarine. When you splashed through the sea surface you cringed slightly, expecting to get wet.

We decided to name it the Liquid Galaxy. With the Liquid Galaxy, we could fly through the Grand Canyon, leap into low-Earth orbit, and come back down to perch on the Great Pyramid of Giza without even breaking a sweat.

The Liquid Galaxy setup.

The Liquid Galaxy setup.

It’s exciting to see people doing things in the category of “Wouldn’t that be cool if we could…”

Via:  Make Online

  1. A new wrinkle on the old America the Beautiful ride at Disneyland with 360-degree cameras.

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