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Google Working on Sky Dive Simulator Using Google Maps

With a presence in the phone, tablet, mapping, social networking, and advertising markets, Google's portfolio definitely contains a very wide range of products and services outside of search. Indeed, Mountain View seems to constantly be working on new and exciting projects. Case in point: Google and Instrument are this week showing off a sky diving simulator dubbed "Map Diving."

Google teamed up with Instrument to develop the Map Diving Exhibit for Google I/O. Instrument says Map Diving was built using using seven screens, Microsoft Kinect, multiple instances of Chrome mashed up with the Google Maps Javascript API v3, Web GL, 3D CSS, web sockets and node.js. Users dive down towards a zoomable Google map and the objective is to hit all the gates and bonus stars on the way down.

Attendees at Google I/O will be able to try it out for themselves next week. If you're not lucky enough to be going, you can check it out in the demo video below: