Liquid Galaxy: Google's glass elevator projct demo at TED

Google unveiled a virtual glass elevator that lets you fly around the world, the “Liquid Galaxy” project is an interactive booth with wraparound LCD screens. The screens show synchronised views from Google Earth and you can use a six-axis mouse to move your way through air and water. “With the Liquid Galaxy, we could fly […]

Google unveiled a virtual glass elevator that lets you fly around the world, the “Liquid Galaxy” project is an interactive booth with wraparound LCD screens. The screens show synchronised views from Google Earth and you can use a six-axis mouse to move your way through air and water. “With the Liquid Galaxy, we could fly through the Grand Canyon, leap into low-Earth orbit, and come back down to perch on the Great Pyramid of Giza without even breaking a sweat,” noted Jason Holt. Mr Holt, a software engineer at Google, first announced the project last year. “It was amazing to all of us how much more impressive Google Earth felt when we were surrounded by screens and able to turn our heads to look around (and even walk around),” he said. “It felt more like a ride than a computer program, something between an observation-deck and a glass-walled spaceship.”