What is a Virtual Tour?
A virtual tour is a simulation of an existing location, usually composed of a sequence of video or still images. It may also use other multimedia elements such as sound effects, music, narration, and text. It is distinguished from the use of live television to effect tele-tourism.
Virtual tours are used extensively for universities and in the real estate industry. Virtual Tours can allow a user to view an environment whilst on-line. Currently a variety of industries use such technology to help market their services and product. Over the last few years the quality, usability, and accessibility of virtual tours has improved considerably.
With the expansion of video on the internet, video-based virtual tours are growing in popularity. For most business purposes, a virtual tour must be accessible from everywhere. The major solution is a web-based virtual tour. In addition, a rich and useful virtual tour is not just a series of panoramic pictures. A better experience can be obtained by viewing a variety of materials such as that obtained from videos, texts, and still pictures in an interactive web content.
Thanks in part to the recent explosion of many Internet devices, such as Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and other tablet computing platforms powered entirely by Google’s Android 3 operating systems, it can be predicted that consumption of virtual tour content will only increase over time.