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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 and a faculty member at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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