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Surf the Earth with Google and Your Wii

Developer Creates Google Earth App for Use with Balance Board

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Showing an example of how developers can do some really cool stuff with the Google Earth API, Google Earth iPhone Engineer David Phillip Oster has created a program that allows people to "surf" any region on the Earth’s surface using the balance board for the Nintendo Wii.

Oster used the Google Earth Browser plug-in and a javascript API, and the board transmits the person’s movements to the application using Bluetooth. See it in action:


"While it’s fun to use Earth Surfer, I really wrote it to inspire others to write their own programs," explains Oster. "It’s all open source using the Apache License, so you can use the code in your own programs, even commercial ones."

This certainly provides some hope for bored Wii owners who lament a lack of new entertaining titles to play. If they know how to develop applications or know someone who does, they might be able to get some more entertainment value out of a console that is otherwise collecting dust (I know many people still enjoy the Wii immensely, but I also know some people that are a little disappointed after a year or so).

Oster notes that "Earth Surfer" and it’s source code will be available via the Google Mac Developer Playground starting next week. The program was created for Macworld.

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  • http://www.nintendodsi.nl nintendo dsi

    Haha that’s looking great!
    “Oster notes that “Earth Surfer” and it’s source code will be available via the Google Mac Developer Playground starting next week”
    Where can I find Google Mac Developer Playground?

    • Chris Crum

      You can find the Mac Developer Playground here.

  • http://www.dogheartworm.org Anne

    Earth Surfer looks mad, looking forward to this new feature, should be very interesting and looking forward exploring it

    • Chris Crum

      Cheaper than a trip around the world. It could be a wonderful tool for teachers. It make learning geography fun.

      • http://www.diamondonnet.com/ Diamonds

        Not a bad idea to teach children on world geography.

  • http://inventory-management-software-news.blogspot.com/ My Inventory

    let’s try it and surf the world with happy on wii. very cool and nice. we can save budget too for travelling a world.

  • http://www.nintendodsiconsoles.org.uk nintendo dsi

    Where can I get this?

  • http://www.nintendodsiconsole.co.uk nintendo dsi console

    This really is a great idea a great way for kids to learn and have fun at the same time.

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