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For­get vir­tual re­al­ity – Google’s im­mer­sive earth pro­ject will fly you to the moon

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GOOGLE’S 20 PER CENT TIME IS THE ONE DAY A WEEK when em­ploy­ees are al­lowed to tin­ker with their own projects. In the past the pro­gram’s been re­spon­si­ble for some of Google’s big­gest suc­cesses such as Gmail, AdSense and Talk – and join­ing them very soon could be Liq­uid Gal­axy.

This im­mer­sive ex­ten­sion of Google’s Earth map­ping pro­gram fea­tures a num­ber of dis­plays ar­ranged in a wrap­around for­ma­tion, with a cen­tral con­troller vir­tu­ally pi­lot­ing the user through the geo­graphic im­agery. Syn­chro­nis­ing the dis­plays on such a vast scale re­quires a lot of com­pu­ta­tional grunt, but Liq­uid Gal­axy in­cludes all the nec­es­sary cod­ing to enable clus­ter com­put­ing on mul­ti­ple ma­chines.

The pro­gram has al­ready been used by a num­ber of com­pa­nies who wish to vi­su­alise large amounts of data, and it works equally well in en­ter­tain­ment sce­nar­ios. FIND OUT MORE AT BIT.LY/1ARKRJF, OUT NOW.

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