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  • Interactive Gyroscope Navigation Panoramas

    I have finally figured out how to publish interactive panoramas to my website. As proof of concept you are invited to check out these:

    http://robertrose.photos/Willow/Willow.htm
    http://robertrose.photos/Gaines/Index.htm
    http://robertrose.photos/Room_Gyro/Room_Gyro.htm
    http://robertrose.photos/Hidden_Trails/HDRpano.htm

    You can also get to these and new ones I create through the spherical panorama page at my art website http://robertrose.photos/spherical-panoramas.html

    These all require a server based panoviewer (currently the PTGui viewer) to execute. The difficult part is to find a hosting service that allows you to execute code at the server, and then get the code to run.

    Since the executable file is at the server, there is nothing that needs to be downloaded or installed at the user device side. The user doesn't need to install Flash, or Java, which means that it should work on any modern browser, or mobile device (iOS or Android). It makes use of device capability (such as touchscreen or HTML 5 and CSS awareness). This greatly expands the viewer base, and makes the technique of great interest to commerce.

    From a geek standpoint these are awesome because they make use of gyroscope navigation, and run on iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads. Gyroscope navigation is a very satisfying experience, as you can drag the image, pinch with two fingers to zoom in or spread two fingers to zoom out. If you pull the image off center within 3 seconds the program will reset to the horizon and resume rotation. Gyroscope navigation means that the panoramas can be used in VR glasses (even the cheap ones from China).

    On a computer or laptop the gyroscope navigation will be replaced by rotating mouse navigation, in which you can push the image with a mouse or trackpad. These beta versions have the push backwards. That will be corrected. If you do move the focal point, it will stop rotating for 3 seconds, then resume. You can use the shift key to zoom in, and the Command key (on a Mac) or Windows key (on a PC) to zoom out.

    The current Flickr site will display rotating panoramas that are exactly 2:1 360:180, but they lack the resume or zoom features, and the rotation feature won't work on iOS devices.

    I think the utility of this for real estate sales and traveler information is obvious. Coming next will be complete virtual tours, where the viewer can click a hotspot to advance through a house, museum, park, etc. Imagine a museum having this available for a real on-line virtual tour.

    I NEED YOUR HELP. I would like to know how these appear on a variety of platforms/hardware. Does it work on Android phones? Is the resolution too low, too high? Does it crash? Would you make use of VCR type controls if they were there? Criticism? Do you wish there was a Cardboard display (separate eye views for display in a Cardboard compatible device)?

    In return, if you post or send me (robert.rose@mac.com) your comments and reports, and an email address, I will send you a full description of how this was accomplished.

    Thanks for any help or comments.
    Last edited by rjrose; 11-21-2016, 03:46 PM.
    Robert Rose
    Barking Deer Photography
    www.barkingdeerphotography.com
    www.robertrose.photos
    www.rosepatents.com
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