Immersive/Panoramic Video: Are we Missing Something?

Ten years ago we drove a car around London capturing immersive video linked to a GPS unit and portable GIS system. Little did you know then that Google would take the concept a step further with their Street View system. Back then the resolution was poor and while we are huge fans of panoramic imagery we simply don’t ‘get’ panoramic video.

A still panorama can be a work of art, it is a full 360×180 degree moment captured in time. We have over 100 such images dotted around the blog but we gave up on immersive video as a bad job. That said, its nice to now see the ability to look around such scenes via Flash as the embedded clip from demonstrates:

Perhaps with an increase in resolution its time to take a second look at immersive video, but part of us simply cant quite see the point.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Anonymous - January 13, 2010

    I think it’s pretty impressive in that it’s bringing the City to life in a way you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to interact with it. However a better option would perhaps be a static camera above a busy railway station

  2. Olaf - January 13, 2010

    I heard about a new technology that allows to retrieve 3d point clouds with x/y/z coordinates from the video filming process as well (similar to LiDAR, but video-based). Anybody else heard about that?

  3. Nickvet419 - January 13, 2010

    I think it is a great tool. Lets you view video free from the one point perspective. Also works good with GPS enabled. for example

  4. coastal - January 14, 2010

    Annoyingly also works with U2’s Sweetest Thing.

  5. pystl - January 26, 2010

    And its already picked up by the mainstream media, CNN to be precise :

  6. pipa - February 2, 2010

    And by the New Scientist Tech Editor tweets about it.

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