Bringing a New Dimension To The Visual Web

ThingLink Spotlight: State of Maine Created VR Tours for Schools and Libraries to Celebrate its Bicentennial

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Nov 15, 2019 8:31:35 PM

Photo credit: State of Maine

Kristen Muszynski is the director of communications at the Department of the Secretary of State in Maine. Some time ago her colleague Tammy Marks, who works as the archives director of the department, started advocating for investing time and money in new technologies to showcase the archives’ holdings.

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, VR, virtual tour, 360, Government, cultural preservation

TVET in the cloud: ThingLink and OEP showcase a virtual course creator with chatbot

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Nov 5, 2019 6:01:00 PM

One of the most interesting application areas for virtual lessons and visual learning environments is technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Examples that we have so far seen from ThingLink users include interactive user manuals, simulations, virtual campus tours, introductions to working environments, safety drills and teacher training. These examples and several discussions with customers and potential partners have inspired us to think about the next step for TVET and online learning, and the ways in which 360 degree learning environments in the cloud can cost-efficiently improve access to quality education and increase instructional time in real-world working environments.

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Topics: virtual reality, virtual tour, gender equality, edtech, eLearning, New Feature, partners, TVET

ThingLink Spotlight:  Spooky Halloween theme park map from DERTOUR

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Oct 17, 2019 4:49:35 PM

ThingLink user: DERTOUR - BOO! It is Halloween and at the Europa-Park theme park and resort!  Seeking to create a stunning, visual experience to bring their website content to life, DERTOUR creates an interactive map featuring many great attractions in the theme park that guests can experience.  Interactive content is the ideal solution for communicating, educating, and reeling in your audience within landing pages as we see in this example.  Behind every pumpkin hides one of the fantastic Halloween highlights awaiting guests at Europa-Park. Just click through, be amazed - and with a little luck even win free tickets. Our tip: turn on the sound!

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, virtual tour, Map, Brand

ThingLink releases offline viewing for interactive images, videos and virtual tours

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Oct 11, 2019 2:15:27 PM

In September we asked our users about offline viewing, and in less than a week we got over 200 replies. Over 80% of all the respondents said they need offline viewing because of weak wi-fi connection. This was mentioned by schools and companies operating in remote areas or schools that did not allow the use of Internet at all. The most popular use cases for offline viewing in our survey were: 

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Topics: virtual tour, corporate learning, New Feature, offline viewing

ThingLink Feature:  Experience the Opel Arena in 360° from VRM

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Oct 1, 2019 3:06:59 PM

ThingLink user: VRM Arena Tour - VRM is a regional media company that uses ThingLink in this article to give readers the experience of touring the Opel Arena in Germany.  The tour begins with an aerial view outside of the stadium and readers can click on the various illustrations to explore points of interest.  For example, clicking the field will take you to a 360° view from on the field, and clicking the shopping bag will take you to explore the stadium store.  This use case highlights the ability to include regular flat images into your 360° tour.  Including a regular image as your starting point gives the reader an easy to navigate table of contents that they can revisit at any point within the tour. 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, VR, virtual tour, 360, Media

Using ThingLink Interactive Content in Real Estate

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Sep 4, 2019 2:14:43 PM

Many real estate agents from small local shops to large commercial brands are leveraging interactive content to tell more visual stories or market properties more effectively.  In this blog post you will learn four project ideas for using ThingLink interactive content in your real estate marketing, communications and property tours. These include 1) schematic floor plans 2) concept designs 3) project site maps and 4) property tours. 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, VR, virtual tour, 360

ThingLink Tour Creator: Build Educational Experiences

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Feb 7, 2019 5:44:11 PM

ThingLink user: Interactive World Tour - (built with tour creator) 

Description:  Our new tour creator feature opens the door to endless creative possibilities.  With tour creator you can seamlessly build any ThingLink media (images, videos, 360 images) into a unified tour experience.   One great use case is to use a 2d image like a map or floor plan as your "home" or "base" image.  You can transport your viewers to different locations on the map, allowing them to learn more and eventually return to the original map to continue exploring different locations. 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, virtual tour, 360, Map

CONTEXT IS THE KING: THE PROMISE OF VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES IN CORPORATE LEARNING

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Feb 1, 2018 4:50:14 PM

I was recently reading about the transitioning landscape for corporate learning. Experts in the area are not holding back their views about the need for change. “We’re in early stages of a major disruption”, writes Josh Bersins, founder of Bersin by Deloitte. “The need to modernize corporate learning is critical”, says Barbara Kurshan director of Academic Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania. The main drivers for change, as Bersin and Kurshan note, are quite clear:

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Topics: VR, virtual tour, 360, corporate learning