Gone are the days of dusty old atlases! Since its beginning, Google Earth has made the exploration of our vast planet a fun experience. After two years in the making, a remake of the classic Google Earth has finally been launched, bringing the world even closer to your doorstep than before.
Voyager tells a global tale
One of Google Earth’s exciting new features is Voyager, a platform for stories around the globe. With Voyager, Google Earth not only takes you to your desired destination, but immerses you into a global adventure where there’s a lot to do, learn, and explore. Starting on launch day April 18, Google features compelling partner-authored content ranging from culture, to wildlife, to global treasures, spinning a tale around the globe.
For the past few months, Ubilabs has been supporting Google in the production and processing of this content. Coming up with unique approaches to storytelling and translating these ideas to Voyager’s functional and visual features has been an exciting experience. We are especially proud to have two of our favorite projects, Earth View and Miniatur Wunderland, be among the first Voyager stories to be published during Google Earth launch week.
Earth View: Beauty from above
From breathtaking coastlines to rugged snow-covered mountains – viewing the earth from above opens up a unique perspective. With Earth View, users can access high-quality satellite images showcasing areas of exceptional beauty. What originally started out as a Google Earth “Easter egg” (i.e. a hidden function) has quickly become a source of inspiration for many. Having worked closely with Google on the Earth View layer for the past months, we’re excited for our Voyager content going live. Not only can our favorite Earth View images be accessed via markers on the globe, a brand-new color bar allows for a unique navigation through the images, creating a visually compelling global narrative.
Miniature worlds around the globe
Who wouldn’t want to be a kid again, given the chance? When creating 360° panoramic views for a miniature Street View Trek of Miniatur Wunderland
’s model railway world in 2016, we were able to relive our childhood dreams of being a conductor. With the all-round refresh of Google Earth, we were given the opportunity to dive into the little worlds again. Creating a storyline around the marvels of Wunderland
, we connected a variety of real places around the globe with their miniature equivalents in the model railway world. In Google Earth’s Voyager, you can tour the valleys of the Grand Canyon, stop by the past U.S. presidents at Mount Rushmore, and go to a soccer match in Hamburg’s stadium, all while checking up on the details provided by Wunderland’s tiny renditions.
New features for continued exploration
Not only will the new Google Earth inspire explorers young and old with the immersive storytelling platform Voyager, but will surprise users with new tools and a streamlined interface. If you’re curious, hit “I’m feeling lucky” and let Google Earth take you on an unpredictable adventure. “Knowledge Cards” add to the experience, providing all the intriguing bits and pieces of information that make exploring our planet so worthwhile. The new Google Earth app will be available on the web via Chrome browser at http://earth.google.com/web
and a native Android app
available via the Google Play store. It rolls out on iOS and other browsers soon.