Google Earth VR Launched With Support for the HTC Vive Headset

Google Earth VR Launched With Support for the HTC Vive Headset

Google Earth VR Launched With Support for the HTC Vive Headset
Google Earth now available in VR
First launching on HTC Vive
It’s free on Steam
With Google Earth, you can virtually visit any part of the globe without having to travel there in real life. So, it was only natural that its services would one day be available on virtual reality platforms – and that’s now.

Google announced on Wednesday that Google Earth VR is now a thing, starting with HTC Vive. This news is clearly for the dedicated VR fan, considering the Vive retails for $799 (about Rs. 54,000) and needs a powerful PC alongside. Support for other platforms will roll out over the next year.

“At 196.9 million square miles, we know the world is pretty big, so we’ve made it easy to find great places to visit,” Google VR product manager Mike Podwal said in an official blog post. “Earth VR comes with cinematic tours and hand-picked destinations that send you to the Amazon River, the Manhattan skyline, the Grand Canyon, the Swiss Alps, and more.”

Google also mentioned that Earth has been around for 10 years now, and has seen 2 billion downloads in that time. Earth VR would have been perfect for the recently launched Daydream View, which is lacking in content. It currently supports Google Street View and Google Arts & Culture.

That’s all there is to it. You can get Google Earth VR for free on Steam, assuming you’ve access to an HTC Vive. Expect to find some blurred places, considering the kind of requests Google gets now and then.

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Barack Obama Hails Earth, Wind & fireplace Founder As idea

Barack Obama Hails Earth, Wind & Fire Founder As Inspiration

Barack Obama has lengthy described himself as a fan of Earth, Wind & fire, who hailed from his adoptedhome of Chicago.
WASHINGTON, usa: President Barack Obama on Friday mourned Earth, Wind & hearth founder Maurice White for his “quintessentially American sound,” hailing the funk legend for bringing collectively loversthroughout racial traces.

Obama has lengthy described himself as a fan of Earth, Wind & fireplace, who hailed from his followeddomestic of Chicago.

Obama, the primary African-American president, invited the band to play an event at the White residencequickly after he took workplace in 2009.

along with his bandmates, “Maurice fused jazz, soul, funk and R&B into a quintessentially American sound that captured millions of lovers round the sector,” Obama wrote on fb.

most effective Maurice may want to make such state-of-the-art songs so catchy. handiest he ought toinspire generations of such various artists.

“And best he may want to get everybodyold and young, black and white — to allow the groove flowthem on the dance floor,” he wrote.

Earth, Wind & fireplace gained over a extensive target market through its feelappropriate dance anthems and in 1979 have become the primary African-American act to sell out Madison rectangulargarden in the big apple.

White, who suffered for years from Parkinson’s disorder, died Wednesday

Nasa, Japan Make 2.95 Million Satellite Earth Images Free

Nasa, Japan Make 2.95 Million Satellite Earth Images Free

All Earth imagery – consisting of more than 2.95 million individual scenes from a prolific Japanese remote sensing instrument operating aboard Nasa’s Terra spacecraft since late 1999 has now been made available to users everywhere at no cost , Nasa announced on Friday.

“The public will have unlimited access to the complete 16-plus-year database for Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument, which images Earth to map and monitor the changing surface of our planet,” the US space agency said in a statement.

ASTER’s database currently consists of more than 2.95 million individual scenes. The content ranges from the devastating aftermath of flooding in Pakistan to volcanic eruptions in Iceland and wildfires in California.

Previously, users could access ASTER’s global digital topographic maps of Earth online at no cost, but paid METI a nominal fee to order other ASTER data products.

Launched in 1999, ASTER has far exceeded its five-year design life and will continue to operate for the foreseeable future as part of the suite of five Earth-observing instruments on Terra.

“We anticipate a dramatic increase in the number of users of our data, with new and exciting results to come,” said Michael Abrams, ASTER science team leader at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, home to ASTER’s US science team.

ASTER is used to create detailed maps of land surface temperature, reflectance and elevation.

The instrument acquires images in visible and thermal infrared wavelengths, with spatial resolutions ranging from about 15 to 90 meters.

The broad spectral coverage and high spectral resolution of ASTER provide scientists in numerous disciplines with critical information for surface mapping and monitoring of dynamic conditions and changes over time.

Example applications include monitoring glacial advances and retreats, monitoring potentially active volcanoes, identifying crop stress, determining cloud morphology and physical properties, evaluating wetlands, monitoring thermal pollution, monitoring coral reef degradation, mapping surface temperatures of soils and geology, and measuring surface heat balance, Nasa said.

To access the data, users can visit the link.

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