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Google Cardboard - Virtual Reality on the Cheap or a Serious Contender to Expensive Counterparts?

(Google Cardboard image courtesy of Google Inc)

For those who are unaccounted with the concept of virtual reality, here’s a brief definition courtesy of Wikipedia:

Virtual Reality (VR), which can be referred to as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated life, replicates an environment that simulates physical presence in places in the real world or imagined worlds and lets the user interact in that world.

HDR Photography in Manchester

Looking good..

So tonight after viewing several tutorials and lectures on the subject of HDR photography I decided this evening to give it a go for myself and here are the results.

The first is from the bedroom office I normally use to produce and develop the 360 degree virtual tours from. The only light available was that from the monitors of the computer equipment and that was actually intentional as I wanted to see how far I could stretch the capabilities of the traditional HDR photography format.

Take Better Virtual Tours using the Poor man’s Tennis Ball Photosphere Camera Helper

Saturn 5 Photosphere Virtual Tour

After having a lot of fun using the new Photosphere app on iOS on the iPhone5 I’d like to up my game a little and improve the stitching quality of the virtual tours produced using this awesome photography app to take photospheres while out and about on the fly when visiting exotic places, urban exploring or whenever the mood takes me.

Technical review of the “Inside Abbey Road” Virtual Tour Experience

Point of Interest Overlays

The doors were virtually opened recently to the world famous Abbey Road Studios who have been host to a multitude of recording artists including The Beatles, Adele, Blur, Adam Ant and Oasis via a Google Street view style virtual tour entitled Inside Abbey Road with an interactive multimedia overlay featuring inline video and interactive mini-games which are based upon the recording equipment which Abbey Road have to offer.

Testing Google's Photosphere App on the Apple iPhone on a Recent Trip to Florida

Testing Photosphere on iOS

We recently took a trip to Florida and I saw this as an ideal opportunity to put Google’s Photosphere app for iOS through it’s paces. For those of you who have never heard of Google Maps, Google Street View or, more importantly Google Photosphere let me educate you.

How to Upgrade Your Drupal 6 Website to the Drupal 7 CMS Using Views Data Export and Feeds Path Parser

Here is a slide presentation detailing the process involved so you can follow by example and hopefully streamline the content migration yourselves on Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 sites which you currently have to achieve.

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