Google Earth puts Paris on interactive 48 screen display

first_imgIn the movies, governments and secret agencies have spent years viewing far corners of the Earth on giant interactive displays. Truth is about to emulate fiction, as a collaboration between Google and a French government bureau is bringing Google Earth to a giant 48 screen display. The aim of the project is to give you a projected view of what Paris — 3D buildings and all — will look like in 2020.The project, housed in the Google Research Institute in Paris, is a joint venture between Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal (Paris Center for Architecture and Urbanism) and Google. While the Liquid Galaxy project has seen Google Earth ported to public computers with eight displays (like in Androidland), Le Pavillon’s proposal was to spread the satellite images over more than 130 square feet; Google jumped at the chance.Each of the 48 displays is running a separate instance of Google Earth, all of which are synchronized. The singular view is then controlled at any of the four surrounding multitouch terminals. Guests can pan, pinch-to-zoom, and use the gigantic Google Earth much as they would on an iPad or Galaxy Tab. The result is a tremendous birds-eye view of the planet that would make a James Bond villain drool.To avoid making the 40 square meter display look like an Atari game, Google shot higher-resolution satellite images of Paris. If you can’t make it to Paris, you can view the combination of real and sci-fi images by downloading this file and opening it with the Google Earth desktop app.Google says it’s going to open source the project’s results on Liquid Galaxy over the next few months. You can see Google’s video of the display below:via Google LatLong Bloglast_img

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