“Our planet is always changing. We created EARTH to track that change and offer it up for you to explore.” – J.R. Skok, PhD
The campaign to fund EARTH—an interactive globe with augmented reality and artificial intelligence capabilities—blew past its $30,000 Kickstarter goal within just two hours of launching.
Created by AstroReality, EARTH is a micro-version of its namesake—about the size of a grapefruit (but only half as delicious). It uses state-of-the-art augmented reality technology that allows users to interact with and explore the world they call home.
The physical component of EARTH is a richly-detailed, 3D miniature, which becomes animated when viewed through the app. “We created an app where you can learn all about our planet with augmented visualizations form a range of global topics,” explains Joanne Dai, co-founder of AstroReality. Topics range from geology and the environment to animal migration and the humanities.
Additionally, users can see how Earth has transformed over the millennia. “We can see our home as a changeable, constantly-evolving planet,” says J.R. Skok, PhD, science adviser for AstroReality and research scientist at the SETI Institute.
In fact, according to their website, EARTH chronicles the planet’s more than 4.5 billion year history. In the grand scheme of things, a cosmic blink. But, for the sake of argument, let’s say you don’t want to start at day one. Users can jump from place to place, eon to eon with Gaea, EARTH’s very own smart voice technology. Like Siri and Google Home, Gaea can be voice activated with a “Hey Gaea!” From here, she can take you when and where you want to go.
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EARTH is perfect for science teachers, inquiring minds, and plotting extra-terrestrials. EARTH is now available for 30% off on Indiegogo for just $203, and is expected to ship this November, just in time for the holidays.