If you’re familiar with the TED conference that highlights some good (and some not so good) “ideas worth spreading,” you’ll know how tough it is to get into the conference, not to mention their book club.

That is unless you’re an inanimate piece of hardware showing off new tech at the conference. 3DConnexion got the props this time when Google’s Jason Holt displayed his 20 percent time project called Liquid Galaxy. It’s been out a while, but still, it’s oh so sweet.

8 Displays of Google

You may have heard about Liquid Galaxy being shown at the Google I/O conference last year. Imagine 8 LCD’s, combining Google Earth and street view into one seamless adventure that can take you from San Fransisco to the Taj Mahal and back again. That’s exactly what Jason shows you, all controlled via the 3DConnexion SpaceNavigator.

More on Liquid Galaxy here.

While were at it, we might as well mention Blaise Aguera y Arcas (architect at Microsoft Live Labs, Seadragon and Photosynth co-creator) showing TED 2010 attendees what he’s been doing with the Bing Maps project. Yep, word like 3D augmented reality, tele-presence and 4G network are used and there’s a look at how apps are being integrated into mapped environments. Skip ahead to the 3:00 minute mark to see where it gets more interesting.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.