In this page, I show you several designs of Virtual 360° Tours, sorted by application.
Most of these are public on the web, utilised in classrooms. Some of the concept designs are works in progress.
Having worked on several projects involving heritage, I really enjoyed photographing the buildings to create virtual tours for use online, but what I found most interesting was the information that wasn’t visible.

To tell a compelling story about a place I felt that it was not sufficient only to photograph it, but also to make it come alive by revealing the history of the place.
I feel that I have done this in some measure due to the framework used for these examples:
McCrae Homestead http://barneymeyer.com/McCraeHomestead
La Trobe Cottage http://barneymeyer.com/LaTrobeCottage
OMG Courtroom http://barneymeyer.com/OMG_Courtroom
RFDS Airplane http://barneymeyer.com/RFDS_Airplane
RFDS Museum http://barneymeyer.com/RFDS_museum

The RFDS projects were aimed at enabling school kids to reach and understand a location which is visited only infrequently by grey nomads.
The content which we have revealed, like in the other locations, has remained hidden from the public eye for many decades. A good example is the old films which we were able to bring to light in the museum.

National Trust Heritage Buildings
Designed specifically to allow school children to visit these location in the classroom, take a walk around, look for information hotspots, download the information and use it in their history projects. They are best viewed on a PC or MAC as the rich content is not suitable for delivery to small screens and may not be playable due to browser limitations on those devices. The Virtual Tours can play on a kiosk and derivative versions can be built for mobile devices and as Virtual Reality tours using 360 VR Goggles.
McCrae Homestead http://barneymeyer.com/McCraeHomestead
Like many of these historic places, objects, images and stories are rare and precious and get locked away in the archives never to see public light of day. In addition, the rooms are small and the objects that remain in the room are not labelled, in order to preserve the historic feel of the place.
With this “virtual tour” technology we have allowed people to access these things and even take them away in documentary form.
For example, in Georgiana’s Sanctum you can see a calling card from Lt Governor Charles La Trobe lying on her desk.
The document attached hereto: “Heritage at your Touch – Exhibition Notes.pdf” was prepared by me and details the features of this exhibition. It shows where all the information hotspots are, like this.

For school children, the intention is that they must “search” for objects, they are not labelled. They can then download the object or story as a pdf document and use it in their projects.

LaTrobe Cottage http://barneymeyer.com/LaTrobeCottage
A similar project, combining video of an actor in a 360° scene with information hotspots that the school children must search for.

How many young children know what a commode is? Here they can see one and learn about it.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (Broken Hill Base)
The RFDS Base and Museum are far off the beaten track, serving remote communities and homesteads.
The airplanes are not open to visits, but RFDS has an educational program during which they take a mock plane to primary schools to familiarise children with their activities.

Click on the arrows to walk inside, look for information spots and click on them, a simple little image and narration starts

The museum is visited by grey nomads passing through and is totally inaccessible to school children (due to the distant location). The museum itself has static displays. Yet, the museum is a rich information source, therefore we have chosen a number of displays to which we could affix information like old films, audio tracks and other information which becomes available when clicked on. For each location, we have chosen or created a small starting video.
The information is targeted at primary school children, nevertheless it tells a compelling story about RFDS and makes information available to viewers which has been hidden in the archives forever.
http://barneymeyer.com/RFDS_museum opens up with a simple little narration in front of the information wall. Click to open the spot, in this case a 1927 silent clip which has languished in the archives.

This is a concept for an app on mobile to guide people around the library http://barneymeyer.com/slv

Click on the magnifying glass to see a high resolution 360° scene of the dome room, zoom in to see people.
This design followed on work which was done for State Library of VIC, specifically for Peter McMahon, Director Digital Strategy, Directorate

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