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