Google introduced one of its newest projects yesterday called Timelapse, which allows you to view how a particular part of the earth has changed over the past 28 years. It looks like that isn’t the only new project Google has cooked up as they’ll be introducing what they’re calling “Map Diving.”
The concept of Map Diving is, quite simply, a skydiving simulator that allows its users to immerse themselves into Google Maps by standing in front of several gigantic screens. The “skydiver” can control their descent by moving their bodies as they would if they were really skydiving. Google partnered with Instrument in order to deliver its Map Diving project, which will be on display at the company’s I/O taking place next week.
The way Map Diving is able to work is through a combination of Google’s Chrome, Google’s Maps API and motion-sensing controllers which include Microsoft’s Kinect. We’re not sure if Google plans on releasing its Map Diving feature to the public some time down the line, but considering it requires motion-sensing controllers to be used, we don’t think many people would be able to use it from the get go.
- 2014-04-17: Project Loon Tests LTE In Nevada (Rumor)
- 2014-04-17: Toshiba Shows How Project Ara's Modularity Can Be Applied To Wearables
- 2014-04-17: Home Try-On Program For Google Glass Launched
- 2014-04-16: Google Offering $100,000 For Best Project Ara Module
- 2014-04-16: Possible Redesigned Google+ App For Android Spotted
- 2014-03-30: 'Google Naps' Finds You Places To Sleep
- 2014-02-27: Google Maps Names A Brooklyn Block As The “Drug Section”
- 2014-02-19: New Google Maps Finally Exits Preview
- 2013-12-13: Google Maps Navigation (Beta) For Android Arrives At Another 25 Countries
- 2013-11-18: Google Maps Image That Depicts Murder Investigation Removed