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Here is a virtual helicopter flight of the London aerial tour created with the automatic tour facility in Google Earth. It is very easy to create and is well worth the effort as here we are able to show our exact route over London, and flying over Googles 3D photo realistic buildings looks great.

Virtual helicopter flight over London

There are a few ways you can do it, so we will just explain what we did. First open Google Earth, you will need version 5+ We had GPS coordinates from all the locations where the aerial panoramas were taken, so entered these as placemarks on Google Earth, by clicking ‘add’ from the top menu and then ‘placemarks’. Once you have geolocated all your placemarks, click ‘add’ then the ‘path’ tool, you can click as many times on the map and create a path line joining up all your placemarks. Save the path, you should now notice it in your ‘temporary places’ in the left hand sidebar. Make sure the path is selected and in the top menu options, look for the ‘record tour’ icon.

Click this and this will set up the record button in the bottom left of the screen. Click the red record button, and then click the play tour icon, from the left hand sidebar.

Your tour will now play along the path you have drawn, when it is finished, click the record button again and notice on the tour controller there is a save icon, clicking this will let you name and save your tour, which again will appear in your ‘temporary places’. Right click on your tour, and you can save it permanently to your ‘places’, clicking ‘Save place as’ will allow you to save as a KMZ or KML file you can email to anybody or even place in a Google Earth API web browser as our example shows.

There are lots options you can set for your tour, like altitude, speed, even pauses to display info windows. These options are found under ‘tools’ – ‘options’ and then clicking the ‘touring’ tab.

Had time this weekend to update the tutorial for Geomashup with WordPress, which basically is a dynamic map CMS that can randomly show geolocated infowindows of your blog posts.

See here for Geomashup example There were a few variable name replacements (post _data to object_data, etc.) There is a solution for vertical offset for the infowindow, in case the map height has to be small and the tops of your infowindows are being cut off, this extra code is courtesy of Marcelo – http://maps.forum.nu/

GeoMashup.addAction( 'loadedMap', function ( properties, map ) {
var shift = new GSize(0,-100)
GMap2.prototype.panShifted = function (latlon,sh) {
var z = map.getZoom();
var proj = this.getCurrentMapType().getProjection();
var px = proj.fromLatLngToPixel(latlon,z);
var sePx = new GPoint(px.x + sh.width, px.y + sh.height);
var seLatLng = proj.fromPixelToLatLng(sePx,z);
this.panTo(seLatLng,z);
}
var counter = 0,
cancel = false,
infowindow = map.getInfoWindow(),
loopMap = function() {
if (++counter >= properties.object_data.objects.length) counter = 0;
GeoMashup.clickMarker( properties.object_data.objects[counter].object_id );
if ( ! cancel ) {
setTimeout(function() { loopMap(); },10000);
}
};
// If we don't have a request to open a post, start the tour
if ( ! properties.open_object_id ) {
setTimeout(function() { loopMap(); },10000);
}
// Center info windows when opened
google.maps.Event.addListener( map, 'infowindowopen', function() {
map.panShifted( infowindow.getPoint(),shift );
} );
// Cancel the tour if the info window is manually closed
google.maps.Event.addListener( infowindow, 'closeclick', function() {
cancel = true;
} );
loopMap();
});

This is a handheld 360 degree panorama of a 360 degree panorama on a 360 degree screen !!!! Last week we were at Arena 360 event at University of Plymouth which was a week long experimental week organised by ICCI (Innovation for Culture and creative industry).


Arena 360 – Immesive digital arena in England

This excellent 360 degree panorama on show here was shot by Peter Stephens, (www.peterstephens.co.uk)

The 360 degree screen is in a dome tent and is a wonderful innovation by Igloo vision, (www.igloovision.com) a company who specialise in large-scale immersive media environments. They have appeared at Glastonbury and a host of other festivals, events and exhibitions, and are truly pioneering new production techniques for interactive, panoramic films, games and learning environments.

We saw the London aerial tour on this screen, as well as some fantastic 360 degree panoramas from Ian Wood, Aldo Hoeben, Peter Stephens and Jürgen Schrader. There were some amazing 360 degree films by Karol Kwiatek and Milosh Luczynski, and an excellent 360 degree 3D underwater visualisation by Colin Yellowley – from Igloovision.

Igloo vision will be in Brighton in May, Glastonbury in June, and are doing a massive 20m diameter 360 degree film in Plymouth, Sept. They also do 3D rollerdisco 🙂

Here are some Iphone films of some of the highlights.

Air2air’s Draganflyer X6 Helicopter being demonstrated at Brunel university, Middlesex. Draganfly Innovations Inc. were founded in 1998 by Zenon and Christine Dragan, and have been innovating radio controlled flying machines for years, this is there latest audacious flying machine. The Draganflyer X6 is capable of a payload capacity of 500 grams, and has 6 rotors, and a GPS position hold function. Footage is beamed to a laptop or video glasses on the ground, so easily allows you to control what you are shooting.

Have at look at the fantastic aerial film footage from this aerial drone and camera setup. Uk and Europe distributer http://www.air2air.com/ US http://www.draganfly.com/

Of course with these machines the bigger the pricier, so there are models to suit whatever budgets. Their is a cheaper X4 and E4 drones, which carry lighter loads, or the NEW X8 drone with 8 rotors and approximately 1000 gram payload.

*** Update please see our Iphone – ipad virtual tour page, where we now provide mobile virtual tours for any device without the need for an app.

Virtual tours go mobile ! VR Web Design’s portfolio of 360 degree panoramas are now available to view and enjoy via the iphone. Using PangeaVR an innovative panoramic viewer, you can interactively spin around 360 panoramas using the iPhone’s touch interface!

Download the ‘PangeaVR‘ app on your Iphone then once open, click browse to view the PangeaVR database of portfolio’s – you’ll find us under ‘V’ for VR Web Design of course 😉 Click ‘open portfolio’ and you will get a list of some of our best 360 degree panoramas. Simply select a panorama and click ‘view panorama’.

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Let us know what you think ? We have some BIG news about Iphone app virtual tours coming very soon.

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