Virtually, Virtual Reality
Google Cardboard goggles
You may need a modern cell phone and a swivel chair to have fun with this. Viewing on a computer screen is okay, but only just okay. For the full knock your socks off effect put your cell phone into Google Cardboard goggles like those shown on the right and immerse yourself into a view of a proposed hospital expansion and renovation.
As you drag the image you point the camera in a new direction (top half only - for the thumbnail view) and on a cell phone with the right sensors you simply move your head and the display follows along as though you are looking through a window. Click through to the most detailed view and click the Google Cardboard symbol in the lower right corner, slip your phone into the cardboard stereoscopic lenses and now you are looking down the hall and into rooms and out of windows. The swivel chair just makes it easy to turn. Its not really needed to have fun.
The coolest part of this technology is the simple way it can be shared on a web page. Click on the big white "VR360" on the lower half of the thumbnail view and it will open much wider, just like the other illustrations on this web site. Click again on the two icons in the lower right hand corner of the image and the most detailed version available will load. To go all the way to full screen or to enter stereoscopic cardboard mode, you must click the icon in the lower right corner one more time.
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