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Would you be interested in traveling to the Louvre in Paris, France? RCompass’ recommended app Sphere 360 can take you there.
After downloading this free iOS based app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod; you will be able to search locations around the world. Select a site and by holding your device, you can view that specific spot in 360 degrees-simply rotate!
Click here to download this app and begin traveling to some of the worlds most breathtaking locations-virtually.
App demonstrated at the 2013 Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Conference by LeAnn Suchy.
This week’s recommended virtual travel tool is AirPano!
Meet the Team!
AirPano project is comprised of a team of eight, Russian men, who travel to the most significant landmarks around the world. At each sight they capture high resolution, aerial images and videos which are then uploaded online.
AirPano 360 Degrees
This online tool provides incredible views and access to some of the worlds most breath-taking sites both natural and man-made around the world. Click below to begin your trip!
- The Top 20 (Link)
- Seven Wonders of the World (Link)
- 3D Panoramas (Link)
- 3D Videos (Link)
- Photo Gallery (Link)
Special Features at Your Fingertips
- High Resolution Images/Videos
- Multiple Views Points
- Variations in the Time of Day Filmed/Photographed
- Navigation Bar
- Change of View (toggle)
- Zoom Capabilities
- Additional Site Information/Articles
- Adjustable Music (Volume & Song)
- Link to Google Maps
Note: These are large images/files. Be prepared that they make take time to load.
I promise, they are worth the wait!
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In March 2010, the first beta (prototype) site for Pinterest was launched with limited access to a small group of professional colleagues, along with close friends and family, of it’s co-founders. The purpose of the site was to allow users to bookmark or “pin” images, videos, etc. in which they found of “interest” to virtual bulletin boards, categorized by themes. By February 2013, Pinterest boasted more than 48 million users and was valued at $2.5 billion dollars (Reuters).
As a novice photographer, I am completely enthralled by this site. The images “pinned” on the travel board are nothing short of breathtaking. They epitomize ” idealistic” settings beneath secret waterfalls, resorts nestled on top of mountains, castles that seem to have grown from the earth, exotically staged gardens in hidden corners all over of the world. Although I am sure that some are computer enhanced, they are of an amazing quality that would be difficult to emulate. Although perfection is in the eye of the beholder, these images are almost an adult traveler’s version of a fairy-tale that is often a stark contrast to what most people see when they gaze out their kitchen windows. First, I would like to thank Pinterest travel contributors who have given anyone with internet, access to an incredible trip to utopia.
Utopia = an ideal place or state a (dictionary.com.)
One reason why people travel is to seek inspiration. The scenes that lay before us in our travels do not always generate a feeling of safety nor are they always idealistic. But they can be! The word utopia was first mentioned in 1516 by author Sir Thomas More, “Utopia” as a fictional place. I believe that some people travel in search of a modern-day (non-fiction) utopia of sorts! I am not sure what it would be like to actually live in or next to these places? But for this week, whether it is raining, snowing or the sun is shining in your corner of the world, take a moment and travel virtually with Pinterest. Be awe-inspired!