As we celebrate Earth Day, Google Earth has announced that it will support the Leap Motion controller with its desktop application. Google Earth works on PC, MAC and Linux. A billion downloads strong, Google Earth will showcase the Leap Motion 3-D control device, due to be released to the public in a few months.
Check out the YouTube video below to see how the controller from Leap will work with Google Earth. The 10,000 or so members of the Leap Motion developer program can already experience flying around Google Earth with their hands. For the rest of us we must wait until the pre-orders ship and Best Buy takes stock of the device next month at $79.99. Leap Motion is to also embed or offer the controller as part of a bundle with an HP product in the future as well. There will be a variety of applications at launch that will support the motion controller and thanks to the way its designed it's a matter of improving the software code rather than hardware for future improvements to the product.
Co-Founder and CEO of Leap Motion stated
"Our mission at Leap Motion is to provide a fundamentally better computing experience that frees people to create and explore the digital world in new ways. Google Earth combined with Leap Motion's 3-D, touch-free technology feels so incredibly immersive - people feel connected to the world in a new and compelling way."
"Today, our community of more than 10,000 developers around the world are the first people able to experience Google Earth through Leap Motion. When we ship soon, we're excited to see what new explorations people leap into."
Source: Leap Motion
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