Giga-pans are really cool. They give an all-around view so that you can basically take a virtual tour. This makes them the perfect resource for learning. Today, Francis took Giga-Pans of the hyperbaric chamber room and of the area beside it.
The way that the Giga-Pan works is it moves the camera around so that it takes pictures of everything around it. Then we stitch the pictures together everywhere they overlap and you end up with something you can basically look at everything around you. Being able to "turn around" helps with the feeling that the viewer is there, especially with the high-quality footage.
We have done lots of Giga-pans of different field sites. These things are so cool! You can see the Giga-pans of places we have researched all over the world here:
I actually had a part in the brainstorm that rendered the virtual tours using the Giga-Pans. The idea is based off of the maps used in Mario and other 'quest' gaming software. The tours now include pop-ups that can contain additional information (or links to it), closer pictures, or videos. On Monday, Francis will be taking a Giga-Pan of the inside of the habitat. It'll be really cool so stay tuned!
We also have something now called a Go-Pro360. It's a bunch of Go-Pro cameras put together so that you can have a Giga-Pan, but all running at once as video, so that you can look around just like a Giga-Pan, but its video footage! It. is. wicked. awesome. We will be shooting footage with this fabulous device in the water outside of the habitat tomorrow!