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Virtual & Augmented Reality

Discover Neuschwanstein – at least virtually

Google Earth has updated its virtual reality version: To incorporate a long overdue search function, to be compatible with another VR headset, and, last but not least, to include Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, which can now be explored virtually.

28 Apr. 2017
Google Earth Virtual Reality
(Source: Google)

Previously, Google Earth’s version of virtual reality (VR) made exploration sometimes quite cumbersome: As a user, you could fly quickly over the Earth, but were not able to navigate to a specific destination. This is something that Google has now changed. You can now enter an address or a place name using a virtual keyboard, for example, your favorite resort or your childhood home. If the place exists in Earth VR, the application will "teleport" the user there immediately.

In addition to the VR headset HTC Vive , Google Earth VR now also supports Oculus Rift with the touch controllers. And, finally, the developers have added another 27 carefully selected places to the app that are aimed at helping users discover particularly impressive sights from this planet. These include Table Mountain in South Africa, Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina and not forgetting Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. According to the US press release , Neuschwanstein is the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, Florida. Yet the latter may well be much more famous that the original, at least in the USA.