This is going to pull more people into the world of Virtual Reality! Google is working hard to change the world’s information age into an experiential age by spreading interest in VR. And so they have taken Google Earth to the immersive level of exploration and education. Google Earth VR is likely inspire a lot of people to buy their first VR headsets. And what’s most exciting about this, for those of us who understand VR’s potential to change the world by changing how people think and care about others, is its ability to get us to rise above our self-focused, limited world-views by looking at things from a higher perspective, beyond borders and other man-made boundaries.
Google Earth VR is a powerful social VR experience where people can watch a 2D screen of someone in VR who is telling stories about their life or giving guided tours. It maps out the earth at many different scales, ranging from human scale to viewing entire countries, without borders and divisive politics.
Ten years ago, Google Earth began as an effort to help people everywhere explore our planet. Google Earth VR is the next step. You can fly over a city, stand at the top of the highest peaks, and even soar into space. Stroll the streets of Tokyo, fly over the Grand Canyon, or walk around the Eiffel Tower. Watch cinematic tours and hand-picked destinations that send you to the world’s cities, landmarks, and natural wonders such as the Amazon River, the Manhattan skyline, and the Swiss Alps.
You can download Google Earth VR for free from the Steam Store. At first, it works only on the HTC Vive. In 2017, it will be updated to work on other platforms.
© 2016 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries