Google Releases Virtual Reality Simulator

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If you’ve ever dreamed about exploring the world through virtual reality, Google may have found the solution in its latest developing product: Google Earth VR. This advanced simulation can allow you to explore all corners and facets of our planet, creating the ultimate virtual experience.

The development of the product stemmed from the outlines of Google Earth, which itself is now ten years old. Google Earth has been a vital resource for geographic use. However, the program has its limitations in usage. With Google Earth VR, the options are near limitless in your visual exploration of regions across the globe.

According to Google, users will be able to “fly over a city, stand at the top of the highest peaks, and even soar into space” with Earth VR. The expected release date is next year in late 2017.

There are some ethical questions regarding the VR device. For instance, this will cheapen the need for real travel experiences. Is substituting the real thing as breathtaking than being physically present at some of these remarkable locations, such as Niagara Falls or the pyramids of Egypt? Better yet, is there an invasion of privacy regarding homes and businesses? Google Earth had its barriers, but if the VR system is truly limitless, this could cause problems in terms of security and privacy.

A Google Earth VR video can be watched below:

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