There have been many innovative new types of computer interfaces in the last few years, and Google Earth seems to be one of the most popular apps for trying them out. We’ve seen everything from ping pong balls to the latest Wii Fit board used to drive Google Earth. Below is the most comprehensive collection of different interfaces demoed with Google Earth (note: I’ve included links to more background where available). Note that some of these demos are done with built-in interfaces or with inexpensive items you can get, or make, yourself. Read the stories for more details.
Super Touch Screen – by Perceptive Pixel (see GEB story):
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Wii Fit “Surfing” Google Earth:
Wii Remote Control of Google Earth:
Hologram Google Earth (see GEB Story):
Holographic Google Earth from Nicolas Loeillot on Vimeo.
Speech and Gesture Input to Google Earth (See GEB story):
SpaceNavigator Demo – 3D Mouse Available now for Google Earth (see GEB review):
Webcam and paper interface to Google Earth – See Google Earth Design story):
iPhone Earth (read GEB story):
Google Earth As a Flight Simulator (See GEB Flight Simulator Tips):
(Note: You can also fly Google Earth’s flight simulator with a flight yoke or joystick.)