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Hi All,

A WGAN Member emailed me the following. How do you suggest I reply later today (Thursday, 24 January 2019).



Hi Dan,

I wanted to try and scan some hiking trails and other exterior areas on our [location). I was looking at the BLK360 but the pricing is way out of my range at this point. Matterport isnt a good solution for this.

Do you know of anything else? My goal is to create a VR area guide website will all kinds of VR solutions. Matterport, 360 video, 360 aerials etc. letting a viewer take a virtual hike on some of trails would be really cool too.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts!

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The simplest solution is to apply to Google for use of one of their backpacks and walk the trails. I know that many trails are already on Street View so the Redacted person can just add his or her trails to Street View and the problem is solved.
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kenangiguere private msg quote post Address this user
Thanks Gary, I will look into that.
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Hi All,

I received this additional info ...

Does this help you decide what to recommend and why?



Thanks Dan,

The project will be commercial, but as I am just starting out on it, I will have to create a bunch of free content. The hiking trails and other points of interest would be free. I would sell Matterport for interior spaces of vacation rentals, houses for sale, businesses, wedding venues etc. I am setting up WP3D Models to use as the back end for the project and I hope to have it up and running by summer.

I have a 4K 360Fly, but I’m not sure how that will work. I can try a Theta V too as I am trying to keep it on that end of the pricing spectrum. If the site eventually takes off, I am willing to spend what ever on equipment. This is a side project from my normal Matterport work which I am trying to expand and create demand. The hopes of this VR area guide will help drive demand up a bit!

I am hoping to become a Google Street View trusted photographer soon, so maybe that can be the way I go about this.

I also want to put a 360 camera on a drone for areal immersive tours.


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Hi All,

Here's my reply ...




Hello [Redacted],

Thank you again for reaching out. And, thank you for the additional backstory.

Here’s my recommendation:

1. Buy an NCTech iStar Pulsar (the version for Google Street View only) + Backpack
2. Publish to Google Street View
3. Use Panoskin Pro to export the trail to your computer
4. Use Panoskin Custom Builder to annotate and sharing/embedding
5. Use ThreeSixty Tours as the platform for all your digital assets
(Trail, Matterport 3D Tours of interior spaces, aerial 360ºs, photos, etc.) Note: WP3D Models seamlessly integrates with ThreeSixty Tours.
6. Use to order 360º aerials.
7. You must watch these two episodes of WGAN-TV:

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The iStar Pulsar is exactly the right tool for capturing and publishing to Google Street View. If you knew that you were going to do a ton of 360º high-end video, you could substitute the Insta360 Pro1 or Pro2 – plus an external GPS – but it is likely you would be way happier with the workflow with the iStar Pulsar. Plus, thinking ahead, selling Google Map Updates – by the mile – is a great opportunity. (The next big thing.) (Read This Too) WGAN Forum Discussions tagged: Insta360 and Insta360 Pro2

If you decide to do the trail with a Ricoh Theta V, the challenge will be how to place the trail in the correct place on Google Street View.

While the iStar Pulsar (and backpack, case, spare battery, etc.) is more than you want to spend, I could imagine that you could buy it for this project and sell it used, once done.

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Thanks Dan! I appreciate you putting together this information
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360º Video: Trekking with the iStar Pulsar at the Fort Worth Design District | Video courtesy of @Metroplex360 YouTube Channel


From @Metroplex360 YouTube Channel (above) ...

"We're updating Google Maps with NCTech's iStar Pulsar. We're capturing data based on GPS position that builds blue lines on Google Maps just like the Google car to update locations that do not appear on Street View!"

Source: Metroplex 360 YouTube Channel


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