Recently, we were talking about how Leap Motion and HP worked together in order to integrate Leap Motion’s technology in its upcoming devices. Doing their bit to honor Earth Day, both Google and Leap Motion have just announced (and it is not even April Fool’s!) that there is an update to Google Earth available today, where this update would be able to detect input from the Leap Motion Controller. Basically, you are now able to “reach in” and “grab” the world within your display using Leap Motion, not to mention flying around at will.
Of course, this particular freedom to fly around does come with a catch. The only folks who will be able to make use of hand gestures to fly around Google Earth on Earth Day will be limited to approximately 10,000 or so members of Leap Motion’s developer program. As for the rest of the world, they will just have to be patient and wait until May as the pre-orders will ship then, retailing for $79.99 a pop. Any takers for this collaboration between Google Earth and Leap Motion?
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