Leap Motion’s gesture controls now supported in Google Earth

Leap Motion’s gesture controls now supported in Google EarthIn the latest of a series of high-profile partnerships to have been announced by leap Motion of late, the company said on Monday that gesture controls of its 3D motion controller are now supported in Google Earth.

Leap's announcement of the alliance with Internet search giant Google comes close on the heels of the company's last-week announced major partnership with Hewlett-Packard (HP); a move which, as per HP, will lead to the embedding of the Leap technology in the HP devices.

The announcement of the Leap-Google alliance, coming in conjunction with Google's celebration of Earth Day, implies that the new Google Earth features will work with the new desktop version of the software which was launched by Google on Monday.

With Google Earth now supporting Leap's gesture controls, users will be able to pan, zoom and spin the globe by waving their hands; thereby unfolding a notably intuitive - and more fun - way to view maps instead of the click-wheel and mouse.

About Leap's newly-announced partnership with Google, Leap CEO Michael Buckwald said in a statement that the "mission" of his company is to "provide a fundamentally better computing experience that frees people to create and explore the digital world in new ways;" and added: "Google Earth combined with Leap Motion's 3-D, touch-free technology feels so incredibly immersive - people feel connected to the world in a new and compelling way."

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