As connectivity grows, and the Earth seems to shrink, Google continues to release projects that give users the opportunity to explore their world in new and exciting ways. Their latest project is the full release of the all new Google Earth which gives users the ability to explore anywhere in the world with accurate 3D imagery.
“The whole world is now in your browser. Fly through landmarks and cities like London, Tokyo and Rome in stunning 3D, then dive in to experience them first hand with Street View. See the world from a new point of view with Voyager, which brings you stories from the BBC, NASA, Sesame Street and more. Start exploring: https://g.co/earth.”
You can gain the new perspective by navigating to the Google Earth Home Page but you will be required to use Google Chrome, of course, and if you are an advanced user you can turn on hardware acceleration to use your graphics card to help the load.
All the features can be accessed on the home page with a notable feature being the Interactive Stories option, which lets you explore the world and spectacular destinations from the comfort of your home.
- Choose your own adventure with Voyager – lets you experience interactive stories from around the world.
- Discover new places with Knowledge Cards – flip through cards and learn about local landmarks.
- Orbit the world in 3D – use the new 3D button to tilt the map.
- Snap and share a Postcard – capture snapshots of locations and share them with your friends.
For example, as a Durban-born person, I had some fun adventures exploring Cape Town, which you can see in a clear image below. This then inspired me to go on an adventure to explore cities around the world (if you want to see just how tall some buildings are, have a look at New York).
Now, for those who aren’t sitting on their behinds, you can also grab the Google Maps application for your Android device (sorry Apple fans). While it’s a great application for your phone, you can already assume that the data experience will be a heavy blow, so be wary of exploring too much on your mobile data. You can download the application for Android here, or simply click the image below.