Google Earth has introduced an update with the ability to view spaces in 3D. But not just 3D, it also allows you to pan around the space itself. Imagine being able to see some of the great wonders of the world without having to leave your house. Google is giving people access to experiences that they might not otherwise be able to have. Which is incredible, isn’t it? This is also an amazing learning tool for children. Geography was always one of the courses that I excelled in during my high school days. Imagine what I could have done with this kind of tool!
But let’s look at the system itself before getting into it’s pros and cons. Google Earth is getting rid of the desktop version, and now running it as a web-only application. Making it easier for people to use. No longer having to download the cumbersome application onto your desktop. But what the update actually offers is guided tours and 3D viewing. Which lets you experience the world in real time.
An interesting additional feature that is available is the ability to look at some places as seen through Planet Earth. Including commentary from David Attenborough himself. This honestly blows my mind. I’m a huge fan of the Planet Earth series so this is right up my alley. But will this feature bring more users to the platform? I’d like to think so. Or at least maybe people like myself.
So let’s look at some of the new features. Let’s say you don’t know that Paris is the capital of France. Instead of having to Google that information, you can simply type it into Google Earth. This not only lets you find out the answer, but it also takes you there. While the capital of France might seem like an easy search, think of the questions you could have answered. Or the information you might not know about. On occasion, I forget certain information – such as place names. I know where it is, but I can’t always remember what the name of the place is. So this kind of search feature would help me out immensely.
The next feature I want to talk about are these information cards. Google Earth will link with Wikipedia to give you some background information on the place you are viewing. Now maybe Wikipedia isn’t the best source to pull from, so maybe there will be better sources added. But at least it’s a start. It would also be interesting if they could add the Google fact checking feature to ensure that the information is correct.
Lastly, the main feature of the update. Being able to orbit specific spaces in three dimension. Getting back to my first point. This kind of technology is going to open the world to many people who might not be able to see it for themselves. Google Earth has always been great from a mapping perspective, but I see this as a tool unto itself. Providing people with details and information around what they are seeing in the world and what kind of experience they can have.
I also really like the feature that adds the Planet Earth data into the platform. What other additions could we see in the future? How could this become a fully integrated platform with access to other data and information? Because it’s Google, the possibilities are literally endless. It’s just a matter of time before more of these features become available, and I look forward to that.
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