I think the 360 stills, video, and tiny planets are an awesome way to showcase landmarks and allow individuals to see the sites from their home. On the James website, visitors can opt to put on VR goggles and select the goggle icon to view it in virtual reality. While the project itself was time consuming when adding up the collection of media, fiddling with the peach, Premiere Pro file and Vimeo upload, it was very simple for me. Perhaps, I am lucky since I was a professional photographer previously, and have dabbled quite a bit in Premiere Pro as of late. So, any other person might have spent weeks trying to do what we accomplished in just a few days.
To improve the experience on the website, I had intended to create moving images and modal popups, but could not due to backend limitations. I also later found plugins that could embed the 360 right into the websites, versus potentially using Vimeo for both stills and movie. I also discovered a site called Panaroo, which has neat features, like linking between 360’s, such that one could toggle back and forth in the same landmark, say Times, Square, from different locations within the area in a sort of single storyboard.
I really love VR and 360, so I hope to apply this concept to a children’s travel book my Mother and I conceived many years ago featuring a monkey and bunny set of finger puppets, who visit cities across the country. I think it would create an incredible, explorative and educational platform to have the children and families visit the sites online.