While 360 degree panoramic photography enables the subject to experience a location as if they’re there. 360 Video will enhance this experience even more. Imagine the feeling of being immersed in a photograph, now you can feel you’re immersed in a film! Tom Mills has a proven track record in creativity and new techniques. These are exciting new innovations in the field of digital photography and its applications have still to be exploited. It will provide the computer user with a unique view of an event allowing them to use their mouse or phone to explore all the features of a particular locality. We anticipate that the ability to hover over and explore an area in this
Gigapixel (1 billion pixels) images offer outstanding resolution and are a major advance in digital imaging. Originally developed by NASA to take high resolution pictures on the moon, the technology has landed and is now at the disposal of our clients. Using a specially made panoramic robot, we are able to take thousands of images, sequentially, to cover any area (panorama), and stitch the resulting images to create large panoramic images which not only can be printed to huge sizes (example 50 metres) but can also be displayed on the internet and viewed within seconds using a special gigapixel viewer. The gigapixel image is cut into thousands of small tiles, that allow intelligent and fast loading. Only tiles where the viewer is looking at are loading, so as the viewer zooms in, new tiles are loaded. This process is exactly the same as Google use for their mapping technology and means instant display. This technology is taking the internet by storm as people are able to explore buildings and vistas like never before. The ability to deep zoom anywhere in the image and not lose resolution has really captured the web savvy public’s imagination and, as such, websites that feature this technology have great appeal and attract more visitors.
A virtual tour is a series of 360 degree panoramas simulated to display interactively on a screen, where the viewer feels he/she are in the photograph and can navigate around it, experiencing the locations as if they’re actually there. Hotspots could also be built into the tour so that when the viewer is immersed in the tour he or she can click on a hotspot and be taken to another view or be shown information on a specific area just by clicking it. In this way the experience is truly interactive and the viewer will feel intimately familiar with all aspects of the location. As well as this, images, sound, and video could be used to support the interactive experience. Interactive Tours can be viewed on all smart phones, including I-phone and I-pad. They can be shared and embedded on web 2 social networks, such as Facebook, and Twitter. An applied example of the benefits of this new technology is that, using our virtual tours, web users can view locations in advance without leaving their computers.