360 DEGREE VIRTUAL REALITY TOUR OF MY OLD PLACE
First of all, I must give my greatest thanks to Jason O'Donnell (a.k.a. "JaseTheHack") who gave me the idea of doing a 360 VR panorama and actually went ahead and did it for me!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! :D
Secondly, make sure you have Quick Time Player (v. 5 or above) to execute the file (.mov format). If you don't have it, you'd be well advised to get it anyway cos .mov files are very common on the Net.
OK, here are two versions (hi-res and low-res) for you to choose from to suit your connection speed:
After downloading and the Quick Time Player comes up, you should see part of the room (the entrance).
First, ZOOM OUT to get a full
view of the room by pressing the " - " button on the player,
or "CTRL" on your keyboard.
To pan around the room, simply click within the window, and drag in whichever direction you want to turn. For example, to turn right, click mouse button on window and drag right.
What you see is my living room from the center of my desk area. The 360 pan was done after taking 20 pictures from that spot around the room (5 shots per 90 degrees, or roughly 1 picture every 18 degrees), and then magically stitched together by Jase. Which is why the main window area is a bit problematical and you can see an obvious seam there. This is hard to avoid when your camera uses auto-exposure, which makes different shots have different light-adjustment levels.
Before taking the pictures, I took down all of my wife's "arty" pictures from the walls and put up my favorite Star Wars ones (which, of course, had been there until she moved in... :)). And I also had to clean up the apartment first! :)
By April what you see here will be historic cos by then we will have moved to another apartment. Thanks again, Jase, for preserving a piece of my personal Star Wars collection history for me!! You're a real star!!! :)