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Immersive/Panoramic Video: Are we Missing Something?

By January 13, 2010 6 Comments

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.


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