The ultimate Liquid Galaxy – 48 screens!

The “Liquid Galaxy” is a very fun way to explore Google Earth. Surrounded by eight screens, it really immerses you in the product. You can even try something similar at home by using the “Fluid Nebula” app.
But what happens when you want to go beyond just eight screens? Why not jump to 48 screens? That’s what Google recently did in Paris, and it’s something to see.

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While it doesn’t surround you like the original Liquid Galaxy does, using Google Earth on a 40 square meter screen (made up of nearly 100 million pixels) has to be amazing! As they point out in the Google Lat Long Blog, this display is made even better by the brand new high-resolution imagery that was released in Paris last week.
Google also made a neat time-lapsed video of the installation of the Liquid Galaxy. Because each display is powered by an individual computer, there are a lot of cables that need to be run. It’s a fun little video to watch.

I’m hoping that they bring it out to Where 2.0 next year, but it’s likely a bit too bulky for that. :)
Along with the Liquid Galaxy, there are a variety of other great ways to interact with Google Earth. My favorite is undoubtedly the 3dConnexion SpaceNavigator. Awesome device. However, you can also use Google Earth by flying with your iPhone, surfing with your Wii, or using a joystick to control the Flight Simulator.
*Have you ever had a chance to play with any of the Liquid Galaxy set-ups that Google has in place?*

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. Thank you for the post! I’m the jerk in the picture there and a reader of your blog since we started the Liquid Galaxy project over a year ago.
    While each individual screen has its own instance of Google Earth, we are running four instances on each rack-mounted computer. JCDecaux provided the dozen Planar display controllers and screens. The video was created by the museum staff, who were wonderful to work with. We hope to open-source the browser-based touchscreen interface soon.
    In addition to the alternative control methods you listed, my Google Summer of Code student Reese Butler developed an Android app that controls Google Earth: http://code.google.com/p/liquid-galaxy/wiki/GSoC2011_Android

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