Since the dawn of history, one of the largest and craziest dreams of mankind, was “immediate transportation”. There are many books, comics, conventions and films that show us how the technology can evolve but we live in times when we achieve this futurist visions everyday…
Google is one of the organization that has a capacity to bring the technologies of tomorrow to our daily life. The company decided to introduce Google Earth to VR, making the best use case ever for the virtual reality and to be honest, this is the reason to buy the virtual goggles. The idea is simply amazing and I love it. You can explore the world’s cities and immediately “teleport” to the top of the sierra mountains. Amazing.
The technology lets you can look around, walk and even a fly. You can glide through the sky and dive through canyons like a bird! The overall effect depends on the quality of Google Earth images. That’s why the app has couple of pre-selected cities around the world including New York and Rio de Janeiro among other, to get the full experience. Using the controllers of HTC Vive, you can click and drag your favorite places, and there is a lot to explore.
The only downside is you and your resistance to closed environment because the longer you use it, the greater chance for a headache, which is so far typical for VR devices. Nonetheless the experience is amazing! The application gives you a lot of fun and allows you to experience virtual reality in a unique way. Currently it’s available at Steam store. If you are a gadget lover like me, I would seriously consider to download and try it, especially if it’s for free.