The idea for our 2019 holiday greeting came from Philip Pullman’s story of the young Lyra Belacqua, who travels to North to find out about Dust, the mysterious substance in the universe that gathers around adults and the Northern Lights.
Two award winning European education and media technology companies, ThingLink and ClassVR announce a strategic partnership to support VR creation in classrooms. Both companies already work with thousands of schools and share several customers and resellers alike. A new integration makes it possible for educators to curate and share their own ThingLink experiences directly onto the ClassVR headsets.
Previously drivers had to browse several different paper manuals, or wait for an instructor to come and show how a new bus model works. Now they can just tap an interactive user manual on a tablet device and open a how-to video.
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, director of the Maine State Archives, started advocating for investing time and money in new technologies to showcase the archives’ holdings.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.