How is a Looking Glass 3D Virtual Tour different from a traditional “Virtual Tour” or 360 Panoramic Photography?
A traditional virtual tour isn’t really virtual – it is misleading and frankly, can be a disappointment.
Typically these are a gallery of stationary, panoramic photos, painstakingly “stitched” together and navigated via some clunky control scheme.
Although the techniques vary, most traditional tours do not allow the viewer to actually move around within the space. At the very most, traditional tours offer 10 or so individual locations to view a space. Traditional photographers create these tours by using DSLR cameras to capture a space with multiple photos that are then hand stitched to form a panorama which is viewed from a player.
A Looking Glass 3D virtual Tour allows the viewer to explore the space from up to 200 locations,seamlessly!! We use an expensive, specialized, high tech 3D camera system consisting of cameras and spatial scanning sensors that, in addition to capturing the space in beautiful, high resolution images, it scans and generates a polygonal mesh. This mesh is used to create a dynamic, 3D model that can be explored online AND in a virtual reality headset such as an Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear!!
Our showcase provides the ability to navigate intuitively via several viewpoints: first person, birds eye (floor plan) and isometric (the “doll house”. You can even highlight certain “clickable” features with our annotation tool!! Our software is also supported by Zillow and Facebook – now you can easily place your Looking Glass 3D Virtual Tour in your MLS listing or Facebook page.