Winnipeg VR - Explore The City

Over the past several months we have been working on a 360-degree video experience with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce called Winnipeg VR. This experience takes you to multiple different businesses including some well know, and some new businesses that show our diverse business ecosystem here in the prairies.

Some of the businesses included in this app:

  • CN Rail
  • The City of Winnipeg
  • Frescolio
  • Mere Hotel
  • The Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Save on Foods
  • Across The Board Cafe
  • Vera Chiropractic
  • The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
  • North End Family Center
  • Lennard Taylor Design Studio

When we initially approached the chamber to talk about the potential technology we had very loose guidelines on how we needed to produce this application. We wanted to give them creative freedom over whom to include, as long as they had a good role to play in the application.

The Technology

We shot the content using a couple different cameras. All of the content is in 360-degree photos and video. The cameras we used were:

  • Ricoh Theta S - Great for shooting large areas quickly, like the CN Rail Training Facility
  • Samsung Gear 360 (2017) - This camera we actually got later on, it shoots great photos and uses HDR. We used this for our outside locations like with the Blue Bombers.

Supported Devices

360-Degree Content

  • Supported
  • Android Smartphones
  • Apple iPhone
  • Apple iPad
  • Unsupported
  • Android Tablets

VR Content

  • Supported
  • Android Smartphone (with accelerometer & gyroscope)
  • Apple iPhone 5 and Up
  • Unsupported
  • Android Smartphone (without accelerometer & gyro)
  • Apple iPhone 4S and older

VR Viewer

  • Supported
  • Google Cardboard
  • Plastic Cardboard Compatible Devices
  • Unsupported
  • Oculus Rift
  • HTC Vive
  • Gear VR
  • Daydream VR

Future

We are currently working on future plans for the technology. For now, this application is a good example of businesses coming together and utilizing technology to build something of cultural significance.

Eventually, we would like to turn this into a framework for creating tourism focused VR applications. There are limitations to 360 videos and photos, but until better technology like photogrammetry becomes more accessible. We don’t want to create something the average user can not handle.

Downloads

You can download the app onto your smartphone, you do require a Google Cardboard enabled VR HMD to operate.

Registration Process

  1. Registration with Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
  2. BSD will set up an appointment with you for a shoot day
  3. Upon scheduled day, BSD will come to your place and shoot for content.
  4. BSD will finalize the shots and publish on app.

Shoot Day

What to expect?

Team will arrive with 360 cameras on location

– We will shoot your space in high resolution 360 images

– Images will be embedded in the application.

You will provide a high resolution logo

You will provide a paragraph of info about your organization and some interesting facts

FAQ

How long does it take?

Photoshoots take roughly 30 – 45 minutes depending on your location and how prepared you are.

Who owns the images?

The content generated for the app currently is owned by you, this may change in the future as the app evelolves but current content will not be repuposed for future applications. 

Can i have the content?

Unfortunately, no. The content is specific to the application. However, if you wish to schedule a 360 content shoot for other purposes, you can contact us at info@bitspacedevelopment.com 

Do i need a vr headset to view?

No. The Winnipeg VR app is accessible through most smartphones without a VR viewer. 

Who can download this app?

The application is free, and available from the iOS and Android app stores. Anyone with a modern smartphone can use the app. 

What is the cost to participate?

There is an annual license of $240 ($20/month) to have your business featured in the Winnipeg VR application. License fees are handled by The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

How much does the 360 photo shoot cost?

Bit Space Development charges a one-time $100 fee for the photo shoots for the Winnipeg VR application. This price does not reflect our standard photo shoot price. It is a special price for Winnipeg VR participants. 

Who has my data?

The Chamber of Commerce handles all billing information. BSD does not store or use this data at all. 

The application does not store any personal data, and participation in the app does not put you on any mailing lists.

Contacts

For any inquiries please email

info@bitspacedevelopment.com

BSD’s official website: https://bitspacedevelopment.com

Winnipeg VR App official website: https://winnipegvr.ca