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With New Leap Motion Support, Google Earth Lets You Touch The World

The world’s geographic information is now truly at your fingertips.

Google Earth enables would-be explorers to click through the world without leaving their desks. And now, with new support for Leap Motion’s gesture-control technology, they don’t even have to click.

In order to zoom in or out, they can instead move their hands down and up. A slight wave turns the globe, and they can mimic a plane to soar over terrain—flying, for instance, under the Golden Gate bridge or over a mountain range.
Support for Leap Motion in the desktop version of Google Earth will go live today, Earth Day, but only about 10,000 developers currently have access to Leap Motion technology. Controllers go on sale for the rest of us next month.
 

With New Leap Motion Support, Google Earth Lets You Touch The World

The world’s geographic information is now truly at your fingertips.

Google Earth enables would-be explorers to click through the world without leaving their desks. And now, with new support for Leap Motion’s gesture-control technology, they don’t even have to click.

In order to zoom in or out, they can instead move their hands down and up. A slight wave turns the globe, and they can mimic a plane to soar over terrain—flying, for instance, under the Golden Gate bridge or over a mountain range.

Support for Leap Motion in the desktop version of Google Earth will go live today, Earth Day, but only about 10,000 developers currently have access to Leap Motion technology. Controllers go on sale for the rest of us next month.

 

Leap Motion, a San Francisco startup has created a device (“the Leap”) that lets you control your computer just my moving your fingers over it, as if you were using a touchscreen in the air.

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Leap Motion is now taking pre-orders for the $69.99 device but won’t begin shipping it until the end of this year or early 2013. The company is also opening up its developer ecosystem to give software makers a head start on developing new applications.