Recently completed is a new virtual tour for the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter. The 360vr images where first produced back in 2005 and have been added to each year. The large majority of the 360vr images have been produced by myself, though the earlier ones where produced by another photographer.
The latest update to the virtual tour included new 360vr images of new and updated facilities and working areas. Also a new virtual tour skin was produced to bring all the 46 images together. The virtual tour was upgraded to work on Apple devices, iPad's, iPhone's etc... in HTML5
The virtual tour was split up in to three separate tours, one for the Camborne School of Mines, the Harrison Building and Physics. A dedicated skin was produced for each of the tours in both flash and HTML5, so a total of six skins. Each of the 360vr images required further information about the subject to be shown below the tour. This was achieved by linking each of the 360vr images to an iframe which staff at the University could then update themselves. This ensured a smooth transition between the images while browsing the virtual tour.
As the skins are quite complex careful planning and testing took place before I started work on them in insure it would work first time. If I had not of done this I could have potentially spent a lot longer producing the skin files than I did. Even after the careful planning there were still a few things to iron out, fortunately this didn't take to long and the virtual tour was a success.
The tour was designed to work within the University of Exeter's content management system so unfortunately I cannot display it here. Below is a screen shot showing the skin design of the virtual tour and at the bottom of the page a screen shot showing how it sits within the SECaM website.
Please click here to open up the SECaM Virtual Tour on the University of Exeter website
A video of this tour in use on a touch screen kiosk can be seen here
Testimonial from the University of Exeter:
“Peter Stephens Photography has been a real asset throughout the whole of this project from the tendering stage where Peter could advise on what is possible, to the development and implementation of the virtual tours. We have already received many positive comments about the quality and professional look of the new interface and we’re sure it’s going to help bring more visitors to our web site.”