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Google Earth Open Sources The Liquid Galaxy

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 25 comments

You can pretend you're an alien swooping down on your flying saucer.

Google Earth is pretty cool to check out on your PC and even on your smartphone. But what's even cooler is to fly around the world in an immersive, surrounding group of eight 55-inch 1080p plasma displays wrapped around you.

Google built this "Liquid Galaxy" setup was a cool thing that was shown at various conferences, and now the entire software required to run the multi-monitor has been open sourced.

Check it out in action below.

Google Earth Liquid Galaxy

Read Google's blog post here.

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    proxy711 , October 5, 2010 12:20 PM
    Cool but bad choice on the TVs, the large bezel ruins the whole experience.

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    bin1127 , October 5, 2010 12:13 PM
    make way Flight Simulator!
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    proxy711 , October 5, 2010 12:20 PM
    Cool but bad choice on the TVs, the large bezel ruins the whole experience.

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    burnley14 , October 5, 2010 12:51 PM
    That was really neat. That joystick looked ridiculously sensitive though, he was barely even touching it and the screens were flying past.
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    Anonymous , October 5, 2010 1:05 PM
    @Proxy711
    The bezels arent that big, they've just got a large gap between the displays, you can see it when he's typing on they keyboard...dunno why they have a gap between them though
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    scott_madison1 , October 5, 2010 1:28 PM
    sweet! now i just need 15 grand to come up with the hardware to run it!!! BRB, I'll let you guys know as soon as I get it hooked up...
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    Aussie_Bear , October 5, 2010 1:40 PM
    They used Ubuntu Linux for this setup...
    => http://code.google.com/p/liquid-galaxy/wiki/LiquidGalaxyHOWTO
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    bv90andy , October 5, 2010 2:54 PM
    It feels like flying with your house and looking through the windows.
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    scook9 , October 5, 2010 2:55 PM
    You would think they would get their demo running smoother....that seemed choppy as hell to me....hopefully it is just due to the recording.....
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    killerclick , October 5, 2010 3:19 PM
    Not interested in clunky hardware, I want retina displays.
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    Camikazi , October 5, 2010 3:51 PM
    Proxy711Cool but bad choice on the TVs, the large bezel ruins the whole experience.

    They are the windows in your space ship and you are looking out, there you go experience enhanced even more.
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    blasterth , October 5, 2010 4:28 PM
    Now they need to put real HD content on those HD screens ...
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    MattPenner , October 5, 2010 4:55 PM
    Did this remind anyone else of Circle-Vision from Disney? That was back in 1967. No, I was not alive then (I'm 33), but I got dragged to one when I was like 7.

    Anyway, this is really neat, but it's really funny when technology re-invents something from over 40 years ago. :) 
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    sliem , October 5, 2010 5:22 PM
    Laggy, but cool.
    Now to build ion cannon satellite and a big red "skull" button.
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    Amen2That , October 5, 2010 5:58 PM
    Cool! Our [future] alien overlords will be pleased with the new training emulator.
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    Accidental , October 5, 2010 7:53 PM
    killerclickNot interested in clunky hardware, I want retina displays.


    Please stop using 'Retina Display'. Clueless people think this is some type of new display technology. A 'retina' display is simply a screen with a high DPI. It can be OLED, LCD, Plasma etc.
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    jomofro39 , October 5, 2010 8:03 PM
    accidentalPlease stop using 'Retina Display'. Clueless people think this is some type of new display technology. A 'retina' display is simply a screen with a high DPI. It can be OLED, LCD, Plasma etc.

    I would hope he is referring to implanted displays in front of our retinas.
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    eddieroolz , October 5, 2010 8:12 PM
    Man, that's cool. Would love to try it someday.
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    robochump , October 5, 2010 10:24 PM
    Unfortunately little you can do about bezels unless screen manufacturers can finally build some thin bezels! Much worse on TV monitors than PC but not by much. :p 
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    lashton , October 5, 2010 10:41 PM
    Aussie_BearThey used Ubuntu Linux for this setup...=> http://code.google.com/p/liquid-ga [...] alaxyHOWTO

    no wonder the whole thing is jumpy!
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    kronos_cornelius , October 5, 2010 11:09 PM
    accidentalPlease stop using 'Retina Display'. Clueless people think this is some type of new display technology. A 'retina' display is simply a screen with a high DPI. It can be OLED, LCD, Plasma etc.


    You want retina display. Just stand far enough from the tv so that your eyes can't distinguish one pixel from the other. I'm sure there are websites that will help you do the math.
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