Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Panorama Jama

If you haven't ever seen a Quicktime Virtual Reality panorama online - I highly recommend you go explore this site - it has archives with tons of full screen QTVR panoramas showcasing the beauty of everywhere from Niagara Falls to the Moon. It is the best way to be a tourist from the comfort of your own home - all you need is the Quicktime plug-in and you can have a full 360 degree view of the world's most popular sites. You can even look up and down, zoom in and out, or just spin around in circles until you get nauseous.

The site links to all different types of QTVR photography from around the world - and trust me, people take these photos everywhere you can think of - from Himalayan mountaintops to underwater Bali dive spots.

And as Archinect points out, there is a whole site dedicated to panoramas of WWII European Landmarks, including the new Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. This new memorial is a perfect place to experience via QTVR - with the rows of geometric blocks that symbolize the countless lives lost in the Holocaust spreading out in every direction.

QTVR really is the closest thing to being there - and a fantastic way to capture the physical space of any place in the world (or beyond). Also a phenomenal distraction for everyone out there with some extra time on their hands and a desire to know what it looks like to stand in the middle of a sold out crowd at a U2 concert.

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