Q&A: UW researchers find privacy risks with 3D tours on real estate websites (University of Washington)

University of Washington: Q&A: UW researchers find privacy risks with 3D tours on real estate websites. “The team examined 44 3D tours on a real estate website. Each tour was for a home in a different state and had at least one personal detail — such as a letter, a college diploma or photos — visible. The researchers concluded that the details left in these tours could expose residents to a variety of threats, including phishing attacks or credit card fraud.”

Auburn University: Auburn research project allowing world to see inside USS Drum submarine like never before

Auburn University: Auburn research project allowing world to see inside USS Drum submarine like never before. “[Junshan] Liu, [Danielle] Willkens and their team used 360-degree cameras and Lidar scanners to capture images of the interior of the eight-compartment submarine and put together a highly interactive virtual tour accessible to anyone and everyone through the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park’s website.”

3D tour: explore the Great Pyramid (Boing Boing)

Boing Boing: 3D tour: explore the Great Pyramid. “Inside the Great Pyramid is a 3D tour of Khufu’s enormous tomb, painstakingly scanned by Luke Hollis. It works just like the ones on real estate websites, but this one’s not for sale at any price (besides, it looks like tweakers already stripped it for copper and anything else shiny).” VERY cool. Click the “Free Explore” link on the top right if you don’t want the tour and you just want to run around in the Pyramid by yourself.

USC Shoah Foundation: New IWalk Takes Users on Virtual Tour of 1941 Babyn Yar Massacre Site

USC Shoah Foundation: New IWalk Takes Users on Virtual Tour of 1941 Babyn Yar Massacre Site. “Eighty-one years ago today Nazi soldiers and their collaborators committed one of the largest single massacres of the Holocaust with the murder of close to 33,000 Jews in the Babyn Yar ravine in Ukraine. The site of the atrocity on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv is now a memorial that people anywhere can visit with a new Virtual IWalk released by USC Shoah Foundation earlier this year.”

MakeUseOf: 5+ Free Virtual Tour Apps to Experience When Stuck Indoors

MakeUseOf: 5+ Free Virtual Tour Apps to Experience When Stuck Indoors. “One of the good things to come out of the COVID pandemic and social distancing was the rise of virtual tourism. From the comfort of your home, you can travel the world for free through your TV, your phone, or your computer, as these amazing virtual tour apps show. With the growing demand for virtual travel, tour makers have gotten more creative too. You’ll find walking tours, driving tours, and even drone tours now, with add-ons like a local radio station playing in the background or a chance to interact with tour guides and your ‘co-travelers’.”

Bureau of Land Management: Explore Bears Ears National Monument With 3D Guided Tours Of The Mule Canyon Village And House On Fire

Bureau of Land Management: Explore Bears Ears National Monument With 3D Guided Tours Of The Mule Canyon Village And House On Fire. “In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the non-profit CyArk has produced a 3D guided tour of two prominent locations in Bears Ears National Monument. This virtual visit is an opportunity to experience locations in Bears Ears National Monument, even if you can’t go there in person. You can listen to BLM employees, explore the site using your mouse or curser, and learn more about the people who build these prehistoric structures.”

Google Blog: A new dimension for cultural artifacts

Google Blog: A new dimension for cultural artifacts. “At Google Arts & Culture we are always looking for ways to help people understand and learn about culture in new and engaging ways. Starting today, we are launching a new feature through which our 2,000 plus cultural partner institutions can create guided 3D tours about buildings, sculptures, furniture, and more from their collections. With the help of 3D Tours you can easily whiz around historic sites, monuments and places of interest while learning about their hidden details and historical backgrounds – all courtesy of 3D data from Google Earth.”

California State University Channel Islands: Professor coordinates virtual tours of Florence culture guided by CSU International Program faculty

California State University Channel Islands: Professor coordinates virtual tours of Florence culture guided by CSU International Program faculty . “CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) students and the public can stroll through the streets, churches, public squares, restaurants and markets of Florence, Italy guided by some of the instructors of CSUIP in a new series of videos called ‘International Digital Education with Academics and Scholars’ or IDEAS.”

Departures: New Virtual Experience Will Take You Back 2,000 Years to Visit Ancient Roman Ruins

Departures: New Virtual Experience Will Take You Back 2,000 Years to Visit Ancient Roman Ruins. “Virtual visitors can explore incredible landmarks like the 2,000-year-old Temple of Jupiter that’s perched on 3,000-ton stone blocks (it weighs more than the pillars of Stonehenge). The Temple of Bacchus—one of the best-preserved temples in the ancient world—is also on the Sanctuary tour. Those ruins are some of the most incredible examples of ancient architecture in the entire Roman empire. You’ll get to make a total of 35 stops along the virtual journey.”

Missouri Secretary of State: Ashcroft Proudly Announces State Archives “Virtual Tour” – an Online Video for Missouri Third and Fourth Grade Students

Missouri Secretary of State: Ashcroft Proudly Announces State Archives “Virtual Tour” – an Online Video for Missouri Third and Fourth Grade Students. “Today Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced a new video available online for Missouri’s third and fourth grade students, providing them a virtual tour of the Missouri State Archives.”

NASA: Explore NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory With the New Virtual Tour

NASA: Explore NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory With the New Virtual Tour. “The interactive tour takes visitors to several locations at the 177-acre laboratory, which together provide an overview of JPL’s rich history and its many space missions, past and present. Each location is embedded with dozens of points of interest – including videos, fun facts, and images. For example, you can drop by the control room for the Deep Space Network, where JPL staff communicate with every NASA spacecraft flying beyond the orbit of the Moon.”

New York Times: Will Art Lovers Open Their Wallets for Online Tours?

New York Times: Will Art Lovers Open Their Wallets for Online Tours?. “Since the National Gallery’s blockbuster ‘Artemisia’ exhibition opened in October, art lovers have had to jump through hoops to see it. Travel restrictions have kept international visitors away, the fear of catching the coronavirus hangs over the city’s public transportation system, and rolling lockdowns — or the threat of them — have made life in England uncertain. The latest national shutdown closed the museum entirely from Nov. 5 to Dec. 2. If those circumstances make a visit to London sound unappealing, there is an alternative: a ‘virtual tour’ of the show on the museum’s website.”

Google Inside Search: Visit 100 cultural sites in Search

Google Inside Search: Visit 100 cultural sites in Search. “If travelling is on your mind, Google Search might be your starting place to research, find inspiration, and learn about sites from all over the world. And even though many of us have had to change or cancel our travel plans, it’s still a great time to seek inspiration for our next great adventure. That’s why, with Google Arts & Culture, we’re launching a new virtual tour feature on Google Search for over 100 global museums and cultural sites. You can drop in and explore the Palace of Versailles, the former residence of French kings, or visit the Palace Museum, which Chinese emperors called home for almost 500 years.”

Engadget: Google’s 360-degree tours will live on in the Arts & Culture app

Engadget: Google’s 360-degree tours will live on in the Arts & Culture app. “During the heyday of Google’s VR push back in 2015, the company launched Expeditions. The software allowed teachers to take their classrooms on virtual field trips to far-away locales and distant eras of human history with the help of Google Cardboard. Moving forward, you won’t need to be a student to access the tours — nor will you need a VR headset, for that matter. Google is adding the majority of its existing 360-degree tours to its Arts & Culture platform, where you’ll be able to access them for free.”