November 29, 2010.
Google Launches Google Earth, version 6.0.
Google Earth has come a long way since its inception in 2005. It still maps the earth by satellite and aerial photography, but it’s not all about the earth anymore. Now you can take tours of sites on the moon that are narrated by Apollo astronauts, go diving in an ocean with marine experts, or view images of Mars that were downloaded by NASA a few hours before you opened the application. Last week, Google launched its latest version of Google Earth (v.6.0) and it has added a couple of really interesting features.
In the newest version of Google Earth, you can explore streets in 3D like never before. You can zoom down from outer space right to your doorstep. You can navigate the streets with ease, and then switch to the new Street View and see it all in 3D. Unlike the previous version of Google Earth, you can now move from one location to another as if you were walking down the street. Another interesting new 3D feature is the realistic models of dozens of species of trees that you can view in different areas all over the world. Hop over to a location of your choice, zoom in, and use the new Street View so that you can walk among the trees.
The new street view in Google Earth 6.0.
Google Earth 5.0 introduced historical imagery and Google Earth 6.0 has taken it to a whole new level. When you fly to an area where historical imagery is available, the date of the oldest imagery will appear in the status bar at the bottom of the screen. If you click on the date, you’ll instantly be taken back in time to view imagery from that time period.
If you have never used Google Earth, now may be a good time to try it out. With Google Earth 6.0, you can explore more things more deeply than ever before.
And in other Google news…
December 16, 2010.
Introducing Google’s newest browser.
And no, we’re not talking about the internet.
Google want you to explore! With Google Earth, you can browse the sea, outer space, the earth, the Moon, Mars – and now the human body.
Google’s Body Browser – 2010
Google’s 3D Body Browser from Google Labs lets you “peel back the anatomical layers” and explore the human body in a most detailed way. Click to rotate the model so that you can identify bits of the human anatomy, or search for muscles, organs, bones and more. Did you “tear a ligament” in your knee in high school and would like to know what a knee ligament looks like? Use the Body Browser.
Google’s Body Browser (labeled an in-browser tool by Google) lets you view the human body down to muscular tissue, skeletal structure, the nervous system, and major organs. You can zoom in on arteries and specific bones. It’s basically just “Google Earth for the human body”.
The Body Browser is based on WebGL; there is no need for plugins, no flash, no java. However, this means that you need a supported browser, which comes in the form of the latest Firefox 4 beta or the beta release of Chrome 9. If you happen to have a browser that doesn’t fit the bill and would like to see the Body Browser in action, go to YouTube and search/view a couple of the demo videos.
New application releases can come with bugs, and the Body Browser is no exception. Viewing the Body Browser is apparently a real chore due to non-loading pages and the application not opening at all. Some users have had the page load, only to be able to view the page, not the body (which is kind of the whole point, don’t you think?). In addition, there were problems with the rotation and manipulation of the female body and some users could only view, not explore.
All in all, it makes you wonder: After the sea, the universe, the earth, Mars, the Moon, global-scale problems, street intersections, public data, and the body, how many more things are out there that we can explore?
Only Google knows for sure.
~ Lori Cline