Fly in Google Earth as easily as a bird
Google Earth lets you travel the whole world… and space. Go for a ride in China to see the Great Wall, then have fun looking for the mysterious secret military base ‘Area 51’ in Nevada, or go admire the famous Corcovado of Rio de Janeiro…Everything is possible. Well, let’s admit it, what you’ll do first is go see your own house.
Google Earth in virtual reality is also a great way to make a dream come true: freely fly the sky. Catch the sun and move it to choose between day and night, then go discover the world. With the largest cities totally modeled in 3D, the immersion feels amazing.
Put your VR headset on, turn on the music…and enjoy your trip.
Without the 3dRudder
In VR, the HTC Vive controllers are your navigation tool. With the first controller, you can obtain information about the places you pinpoint. With the second one, you can move the same way you move in the original Google Earth with the mouse: you select a spot then pull the controller towards you to reach the destination. Movement wise, it’s rather simple and linear: pinpoint/move. For those who’d love to walk around the streets as in real life, read on.
In the desktop version of Google Earth, your mouse or a joystick enable you to move or fly. For those who want a more natural way, read on.
With the 3dRudder
That’s where our foot controller comes in! Thanks to the 3dRudder you will experience Google Earth VR as never before. Yes, you can walk the streets and take a left when you feel like it, explore a monument from all around, rise up into the air, turn around to check what you could have missed otherwise.
As the 3dRudder offers the possibility to combine axes (eg. Turn left or right while moving forward), the movement is smooth and the feeling close to real-life. It is also really intuitive: tilt the 3dRudder forward to move forward, tilt it to the right to go right, rotate it to turn around, and so on. The speed is adjustable: a full tilt of the 3dRudder will make you move quickly while a half movement lets you move more slowly.
Try it and become the Superman of Google Earth.
You can also use the 3dRudder in the two modes (standard or flight) of the desktop version of Google Earth. Simply rest your feet on the 3dRudder and ride the world. Your hands are free to take notes or whatever you feel like. It's a more relaxing. more natural experience.
How to set it up?
To use Google Earth VR, you'll need an HTC Vive VR headset and its controllers. The game can be downloaded on Steam. To move or fly in the experience with the 3dRudder, you'll be using the 3dRudder "VR Unleashed" mode. It is a part of our companion dashboard software that comes free with your 3dRudder. In the dashboard, simply go to the "Games" tab, select "Google Earth VR" and click "Activate". Now sit down, start the game, put your headset on and get ready to see the world !
Here’s a tip to be at human scale even while rising up, and avoid the perspective distortion effect: go to ground level with the controllers, then put your feet on the 3dRudder and rise up. The scale remains perfectly true.
You are now ready to travel. Let’s go!
For the standard desktop version, you just need to connect your 3dRudder in joystick mode and you're good to go!
You can check this video to see how it goes: