Google is hailing it as ‘one of the most requested features for Google Earth’ and we can just see why. The shiny new Measure Tool, which rolled out for Android and Chrome this week, lets you measure the distance between any two points on the planet. Not just that, you can also measure the surface area of any piece of land of your choice on Google Earth.
Here’s how it works: Fire up Google Earth on your browser or phone and you will be greeted by a small ‘ruler’ icon in the menu bar. Zoom into the map, click on any two points you want to know the distance for, and let Measure Tool take care of the rest.
So, if you want to know the length of your favorite hiking trail, this would be a good place to find that out. Or if you have always wondered what the distance between Timbuktu and Tokyo is, Google Earth’s got you covered:
Even cooler is measuring the area of things like parks, stadiums, lakes, etc. The tool lets you select the borders of any shape – regular, irregular – by connecting the dots. In the image below, Google shows you how you can measure the area of the park in a locality you are interested in:
We can imagine this tool becoming pretty handy for students and academicians. For example, teachers can use Measure to create clever math problems for students, like finding out which is bigger: Colorado or Utah?
Measure Tool sure is channeling our inner nerd, and we are hoping Google rolls out the iOS update for it soon. So, what are you going to measure today?