Traditional, static aerial imagery may be sufficient for many aerial imagery needs. For some applications, however, a more interactive experience may be desirable. For these needs one may wish to consider the use of 360° interactive panoramas, where a user can pan and interact with a scene in 360° space. When using high-resolution imagery (such as I do), one can also zoom on the image and retain a high degree of detail.
Generic 360° panoramic photography has seen a rise in popularity in recent years, since popular platforms such as Facebook has made the viewing experience quite easy and enjoyable (plugin-free). The average smartphone user can now shoot and upload basic panoramic images directly from their phone.
Why use a drone ?
Quite simply, taking the viewer off the ground and placing him/her in the sky completely changes viewing experience when compared to a ground-based image. This “birds-eye”, interactive view provides a unique and complete view of a point of interest (POI) and its surrounding area. The “wow” effect is quite apparent when viewers see an image take life. The ability to interact with the scene from above gives a viewer an “active“ observation point – a step closer to actually feeling as if they were physically at the scene.
- Construction monitoring,
- Real estate agents & property presentations,
- Virtual tours of large sites (campuses, nature reserves, etc.),
- Hiking / Biking reconnaissance,
- Highlighting landmarks, important buildings, or other POI’s.
Here’s an example of the Port of Neuchâtel. Click/touch on the image below – it will open in a new page. If you’re on a desktop computer, you can use your mouse wheel to zoom in and out.
Linking several images? Network and map ?
Personalized networks of panos can be linked on a private Google Map that you can embed on any web site. If you have several POI’s then this would be an elegant way to group them into a single user interface. Large business sites, universities, and tourism agencies may find this option particularly interesting. Contact me for more details and a customized offer.