April 23, 2013
Google, Leap Motion Launch 3D Google Earth Navigation
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
In honor of Earth Day, Google and Leap Motion announced on Monday an update to Google Earth that supports 3D navigation with input from the Leap Motion Controller.
The two companies released a video demonstration of the new features, which show a Google Earth user virtually flying around the world at will using mere hand gestures.
The Leap Motion controller will be available May 13, when pre-orders begin shipping. The device will also be sold at Best Buy retail stores for $79.99.
“When we ship soon, we´re excited to see what new explorations people leap into,” said Leap Motion´s chief executive Michael Buckwald to Anthony Wing Kosner of Forbes.
The Google Earth app has been downloaded more than one billion times since its inception, meaning there will likely be a wide variety of apps available for Leap´s motion control device in the company´s Airspace app store, which launches in May.
In addition to the Leap Motion collaboration, the latest Google Earth update adds several new map-making features and advanced printing tools, along with a variety of enhancements to Google Earth Pro, the professional version of Google´s mapping tool.