Best Google Earth Interface Videos

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):

Keep reading below the fold for more videos:

Ping Pong Ball Interface (see GEB Story1 and story 2):

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):
FlightSimulator tips/video:

(Note: You can also fly Google Earth’s flight simulator with a flight yoke or joystick.)

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. Perceptive Pixel’s display is a great application for the GE interface. I am still chomping at the bit waiting for Google to implement analytical functions (spatial analysis). I can see pull down menu’s in Perceptive Pixel for creating buffers, selection based on attributes, calculating area/volume/distance, summarizing and many other GIS functions. Bundling Perceptive Pixel ,GE & ESRI would create a very powerful presentation package.

  2. Looks like James Stafford ( taken some steps that might be expandable to analytical functions. Fantastic! Check out

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