Mike’s Flying Bike for Google Earth

Ok, I have to say this is the craziest way to control Google Earth I’ve seen yet (even crazier than the ping pong ball interface). This guy Mike has used a SunSPOT (a 3D sensor device that has a Java software interface) to enable his bicycle to serve as a flight control joystick for Google Earth’s flight simulator. He claims the pedals serve as the power control, and has built a couple other lever controls for what looks like aerolon (banking) controls. Anyway, check out Mike’s Flying Bike YouTube video:

Thanks to Mike Pegg for the tip!
Btw, here are tips on flying the Google Earth flight simulator.

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. John Novin says:

    That’s so cool. You gotta get a projector.

  2. Hahaha….
    That’s a brilliant idea, crazy yeah, but extremely cool! Reminds me of the movie E.T.

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