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Guida rotate http://www.guida.co.uk/ showing off one of my 360 degree panoramas at the Museums and Heritage show at Earls Court. Using this for a virtual tour is great fun ! Navigate and find information using the touchscreen and turn it around a full 360 degrees to view the panorama.

The GuidA Rotate revolves on a horizontal plane and tracks a virtual view of the space it sits in. Use the touchscreen to access multimedia hotspots linked to the direction and material they are looking at, which can be video, animation, images, text or audio.

  • It is sensitive to 360 degree movement, with the image of the space visitors are standing in, always in synchronisation
  • A very robust housing able to withstand public use and can be easily customised
  • Can take visitors from an actual space to other places on the site
  • Allows maps and plans to always be facing the right way up for the visitor
  • Ideal for multilingual delivery of information

Sadly my video skills with a phone need to be honed, and the lights above reflecting on the screen did not help either.

“Spielberg, watch out !”

Not a job for the faint hearted ! In order to increase the FOV on my new Tokina 10-17mm lens, I had to shave the lens hood off. This enables me to shoot a 360 degree panorama in only 4 shots, which makes hand held shots easier as well as aerial shots.

Although I got the lens on special offer for £400, its still a lot of money to burn. So after careful consideration and lots of reading from helpful tutorials posted on the internet, I achieved the cleanest of cuts possible, actually my partners father is an engineer and had a lathe in his garage. He laughed me out of the room when I suggested a humble hacksaw.

First we put electrical tape on a flat surface and with a compass outline the shape of the lens. After cutting this out we had a perfect fit to cover the lens and protect the surface. Next we applied more tape and cardboard around the side of the lens so it could be gripped in the lathe without marking. Using a lathe you can very accurately take cuttings off the lens to 1000th of a millimeter. Next was the nerve racking part as I was’nt sure the lens could handle being turned round at speed for some time,  anyway we carefully took the cast aluminium hood away, and slowly but surely found a point just past the lens glass that meant the hood was not protruding anymore.

Here are some phone images from our work flow.

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This is a great video demonstrating some of the great photography and features of 360 Cities, nicely chosen track too :)

This is cool as I often embed Google maps in websites. Well now Google takes this one step further with steet view, which has just arrived in London. Now you can embed 360 scenes from London, and have street view on your directions page. Of course street view is just the street, so if you want to couple the experience with a virtual tour of your location then VR Web Design can easily do that for you. I’m just finishing a restaurant website at the moment where I aim to combine the virtual tour and streetview.

Until then check out where I live, its the closest tower block with the yellow top, floor 9 !


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To embed streetview on your website, all you need to do is click the “Link” button and then copy the code from “Paste HTML to embed in website” and place into your website HTML or blog post/social networking website. “Customise and preview embedded map” is a nice addon to get your map exactly right.

Good work Google !

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This is really cool, for those of you out there that have web camera’s. Basically click the image below to view a 360 degree panorama from Piccadilly Circus, you will then be asked by flash player if you want to ‘allow’ or ‘deny’ VR Web Design to use your webcam, click ‘allow’ and hey presto you should appear on the advertising billboard at London’s famous landmark ‘Piccadilly Circus’.

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Please note its not the best panorama I’ve taken, it was a bit of a rush photoshop job as I was quite excited about the webcam, also picture of me is er… not the best I can look :)

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