leap-motion-controlGoogle recently celebrated Earth Day by releasing Google Earth 7.1 with some great new features. The first of three interesting areas is actually mentioned in my previous post, Marvel Comics Dazzler character’s checkered career—her talent is now a reality.  The most notable feature with version 7.1 is Leap Motion support where you navigate Google Earth with simple hand gestures. The Leap Motion Controller priced at $79.99, is scheduled to start shipping in mid-July.

“The Leap Motion Controller senses how you move your hands, the way you move them naturally. So you can point, wave, reach, and grab. Even pick something up and put it down.”

Click on Leap Motion Controller  to see some other fantastic features such as:  Slicing fallen fruit, steer cars, fly planes, build 3D objects, or simply browse the web.

There are more 3D City Views in Google 7.1 mainly for New York City, but other U.S. cities with 3D coverage are:

  • Miami, FL
  • Houston, TX
  • Orlando, FL
  • Encinitas, CA
  • Spokane, WA

Other cities around the world include:

  • Innsbruck, Austria
  • Dijon, France
  • Cagliari, Italy
  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • Santander, Spain
  • Pamplona, Spain
  • Manresa Spain
  • Burgos, Spain

You can now view 50 countries on Google Maps’ popular Street View feature including:

  • Hungary plus new and refreshed coverage in,
  • France
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Singapore

Google says this is the large single update of Street View imagery they ever pushed with 350,000 miles of roads across 14 countries.

Click on Making Google Maps more comprehensive with the biggest Street View update ever to learn more.

3 Comments on The latest version of Google Earth 7.1 has some great new features including hands-free navigation

  1. Jeanne says:

    This all looks fascinating but I must say that I find the Leap Motion Controller more interesting than the Google Earth.

  2. Sean Reilly says:

    The new technology is fascinating. I do feel uncomfortable being able to see my home on Google Earth. At the same time I have found it very useful.

  3. Kai S. says:

    Interesting. I tried to download and found that I could only get a trial for free. Oh well…

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