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Google’s Liquid Galaxy Project – too cool not to share

by Kelly Walsh on March 3, 2010


Holy Holodeck! Imagine being able to virtually travel the earth in 3D.

This is a prototype product at this stage, and it is not focused specifically on education, but man is it cool! Seriously though, there’s no doubt this type of tech could play a constructive part in the instructional process. Of course, this assumes that affordable commercial versions of this technology can be produced.

Google’s Liquid Galaxy system uses images from Google Maps and a panoramic layout of screen displays to create a virtual 3D world you can ‘fly’ through.

These YouTube videos show the technology being demonstrated. The first video contains a lot of footage of actual use of the tool (although I wish it showed more of the full surrounding panel configuration of the system). The second video gives further perspective on the technology, with a focus on applying it to scientific uses such as climate change modeling, interspersed with visuals of the tech in action.

This CNN video article is where I came across this first, and provides additional insight into the technology. 

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Immersive Technologies and the Future of Education
Telepresence (this is just too cool!)
Insight into the future of virtual worlds & virtual reality


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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