Japanese geeks skydive using Google Earth

first_imgI’ve always wanted to go skydiving, but I have a fairly accurate perspective of my own ability to stave off mortal terror. What happens when you vomit out your spleen in sheer terror while plummeting miles down to earth at a rate of 32 miles per second per second? I’m not entirely sure, but I’m pretty sure the throw-up never even gets out of your throat. I digress: what I need is some sort of skydiving simulator, without the actual threat of a chute not opening and gelatinizing myself face first against the hard chin of the Earth. Looks like I’m not the only one to think of such a thing, though: check out this group of Japanese kids who got together and used Google Earth to set-up their own virtual skydiving simulator!AdChoices广告This is just totally awesome. Surrounding their simulator with blue plastic to simulate the sky, then spraying it with white spray paint to simulate clouds, these Japanese geeks then used an overhanging projector hooked up to a laptop to project a Google Earth skyview upon the ground.Then two would-be skydivers were hauled up on a pulley system, and things got fun. As friends aimed industrial fans at them and sprayed them with a fire extinquisher (to simulate wind shear and the sensation of falling through a cloud), a person manning the laptop slowly zoomed into Google Earth, drawing them ever closer to landing.Pretty awesome. These are some geeks I want to party with.last_img

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