Speech and Gesture Input for Google Earth

This video actually came out a few months ago. Somehow I missed writing about it. Since I recently did a write-up on the ping pong ball interface for Google Earth, I thought I would share this one as well. The video was posted to Google Video by Edward Tse who worked on this project for his PhD and the research was apparently conducted at Mitsubishi Research Labs. The video shows a multi-touch capable tabletop display that allows someone to zoom in on the aerial/satellite photos of Google Earth using hand gestures or even speech recognition.

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About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Hi,
    I posted a method of using ‘mouse gestures’ in googleearth, using a windows application ‘strokeit’, Here give it a try plz: http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showthreaded.php?Cat=&Board=SupportGEFree&Number=300647&Searchpage=1&Main=300647&Words=%2Bmouse+%2Bgestures&topic=&Search=true#Post300647

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