Google Street View Virtual Tour Setup

Easy peasy setup after uploading 360 pictures.
Would actually help if camera’s orientation is consistent throughout the picture taking.
That means say the front lens is facing north, it is better if all pictures taken with same camera orientation.
No problem if camera is pointed different direction, just a bit more of additional re-orientation.

Steps as follow:

  1. Upload pictures
  2. Select pictures to appear in virtual tour
  3. Rearrange
  4. Reorient
  5. Connect
  6. Save

Sample tour of Little Monkeys Hamilton here.

Screen 01:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-21-42-02Tap camera icon

Screen 02:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-22-14-12Tap “Import 360 photos”

Screen 03:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-22-16-01Select photo(s) to upload

Screen 04:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-22-17-23Publish to upload

Screen 05:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-22-27-36Tap “Publish to Google Maps”

Screen 06:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-21-42-07Tap “Select photos and videos” menu

Screen 07:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-21-40-13Tap “Select all”

Screen 08:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-21-40-27Tap again menu

Screen 09:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-21-40-33Tap “Move and connect photos”

Screen 10:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-21-40-39Rearrange and connect photos

Screen 11:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-21-40-59Zoomed virtual tour, tap “check” to save

Screen 12:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-23-17-36

Screen 13:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-23-16-46

Screen 14:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-21-41-04 Saved tour, tap “VIEW” to taka a look

Screen 15:
Screenshot_2019-05-25-22-39-12Check tour by tapping the arrows

Notes:

A picture is worth a thousand words :)

Swipe at the top portion of the bottom picture to view around.
Swipe at the bottom to re-orient.
Try to get the pictures spot, orientation and connection correct on first publishing.
Seems like updates are not reflected correctly.

In GSV, arrows are clearly shown.
In Google Maps, it doesn’t show as I test in my Chrome browser.
GSV setup eventually maybe gets published to Google Maps.
Chosen to re-published again in Google Maps though.
Tapping on the location even without the arrows still seemed to work though.
So, cheers!

3D Drawing and Printing

Annotation 2019-04-01 113326Just few details about this activity.
This is sample object I’ve created to see if 3D printed object could be of any use.
This is part of my computer keyboard that was broken.
It is small enough to be created quickly, yet have to print and see if it’ll fit.

Overview

You create design using a drawing software.
TinkerCAD is one of the most popular for beginner being easier to use than standard engineering software.
It is online only software and free, so everyone can learn how to use it.

Once design is completed, it is necessary to export to a file format that can be used for printing.
The commonly used file format is STL file.
STL is short for STEREO LITHOGRAPHIC, for sure STL will be easier to remember.

The STL file then needs to be configured for printing.
Configuration is mostly for:

  1. Scale
  2. Printing mode
  3. Etc…

Mostly we use Makerbot printer.


TinkerCAD files

  1. Online files – where designs are created
  2. STL files – the exported or downloaded file that needs to be converted into printer specific format


Makerbot files

  1. filename.print – The project file containing the files that needs to be configured for printing
  2. filename.makerbot – The file that will be used by Makerbot for printing. Usually in a USB drive plugged to the 3D printer.


Wish List

A 3D object file format that can be printed directly from any software to any 3D printer.
An affordably priced colored 3D printer.

Workflow

  1. Create drawing using 3D software TinkerCAD, Fusion 3D, etc…
  2. Export drawing usually to STL to your USB drive
  3. Create 3D printer file using printer software MakerBot, etc…
  4. Import STL file into 3D printer file
  5. Update configuration, normally scale needs to be adjusted for actual printing size
  6. Export 3D file for printing to USB drive
  7. Safely eject USB drive and plug to 3D printer
  8. 3D print and ENJOY!