Google Earth, when viewed on a Tablet, looks nice; it is more impressive on a bigger monitor. But it turns ethereal if it is viewed on a giant 48-screen display.
In 2009, Google unveiled the first Liquid Galaxy, a new way to show Google Earth on eight screens which creates an immersive experience of practically flying around the globe. Since then, Google has built dozens of Liquid Galaxies across the world and open sourced the code so that anyone can build their own Liquid Galaxies.
Last year, the Paris Center for Architecture and Urbanism: Le Pavillon de l'Arsenal approached Google asking if it could design a bigger Liquid Galaxy-type setup to highlight the Paris metropolitan area in 2020 with upcoming buildings in 3-D.
Google was excited about the new project, especially when the Paris Center said that the display would be 40 square meters - posing a fun and unique challenge.
What started as a 20% project to support the new Google Cultural Institute resulted in a stunning display of the Earth in almost 100M pixels - powered by 48 instances of Google Earth synchronized and operated through 4 multi-touch screens with pinch and zoom functionality, said Google.
Check out the video of Google Earth on a 48-screen display in Paris.