Flexible screen from Toshiba allows you to “bend to zoom” in Google Earth

I’m a big fan of interesting ways of interacting with Google Earth. My favorite input method is still the SpaceNavigator, but there are some other neat ways to use it. I find the iPhone interface to be particularly user-friendly, and Frank did a fairly comprehensive round-up of other methods a few years back.
Now comes a very creative interface for Google Earth that uses Toshiba’s new flexible LCD screen technology; bend to zoom!
Flexible displays aren’t here yet, but they seem to be getting closer. This prototype seems to work remarkably well and hopefully it will arrive in a device in the near future.

If you were to combine this input with the multi-touch controls in the iPhone version of Google Earth, you might really have something! You could pan/rotate/tilt with your thumbs, and zoom by bending the screen. It’ll be interesting to see if anything comes of this.
What is your favorite interface for Google Earth?

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.


  1. Google Earth for iPhone running with the help of fullforce on the ipad! It is quite fantastic! Big screen + multitouch.

  2. joao dias says:

    Friggin EPIC!!!

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