Super Touch Screen for Google Earth

Last fall, Jeff Han demonstrated a multi-touch large screen interface, to allow you to interface to a computer through touch, at TED Talks (check out last year’s video of his presentation). Now, Jeff has formed a company called Perceptive Pixel to bring this idea to market. He was interviewed by Fast Company and they have released this really awesome video demonstrating even more applications including Google Earth being used with a wall-sized touch screen:

This is a truly inspiring demonstration. It quickly captivates the mind about the opportunities, but if you watch closely you realize Jeff has truly come up with some innovative human-computer interaction concepts. via OgleEarth who, like me, can’t wait to try this out!

Related: Another touch/gesture/speech interface from a year ago using Google Earth and demonstrated by Edward Tse.

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. tom mcintyre says:

    do they have nighttime satelite imagery ?

  2. This shares many similarities to Microsoft’s Surface, but at the same time is entirely unique. I would like to see someone explain why multi touch is better for a particular task than typical keyboard/mouse. Working with the maps seems pretty obvious. Less obvious was the manipulation of the 3d face. Could not a mouse be nearly as good? The explanation from these people as to how specifically multi touch will impact the general public in day to day life would be most interesting.

  3. D. Boomhower says:

    I think i would like to have this technologies is there anyway to purchase this or is this strictly just a concept?
    D. Boomhower
    M!T3k Creative Solutions

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