Super-Size Virtual Tours - The Next Step in Virtual Imaging
By Douglas Aurand President, Douglas Aurand & Associates | January 27, 2012
Computers with 17 and 19" monitors have almost become STANDARD. New 108" Plasma Screen TVs (that's 9 feet diagonal) are the rage. Even the screens on cell phones are growing. The mantra of electronic viewing is "bigger is better." Scratch that, "Huge is Better."
360^0 Virtual Tours are just beginning to follow the trend.
Virtual Images started out at the postage stamp size of 160 x 120 pixels. As Dial-Up modem speeds increased from 9600bps to 56.6Kbps and computers got more powerful processors like the Pentium "ONE", they grew to 320 x 240 pixels. This is where they've remained for a few years as a few other changes in the Internet came along.
It's been worth the wait. The results are stunning!
When an interactive scene of your hotel is "near full-screen" on a 19" monitor, the phrase "virtual image" takes on a whole new meaning. Spin one of these large images around too fast they can make some people dizzy. And IPIX's slogan "Step Inside the Pictures" is nearly true.
Two producers of Hotel Virtual Tours who have "Super-Sized" versions of their images as part of their product line are ICE Portal and PhotoWeb.