by Jack Curley
Texas A&M University is among the first to launch the new industry standard in virtual tour software, concept3D’s Xplorer Virtual Tour, a powerful VR-enabled system that Texas A&M is using to give visitors a powerful and realistic way to experience campus life from anywhere in the world. Xplorer Virtual Tour makes it easy and fun for visitors to explore Texas A&M on their own terms and at their own pace. Xplorer Virtual Tour is a stand alone system, or add-on module to concept3D’s CampusBird interactive map platform.
With Xplorer Virtual Tour, visitors can toggle between 360 degree-enabled tour and virtual reality mode for use with a mobile VR headset. The Xplorer Virtual Tour system uniquely allows visitors to orient themselves with an in-window map (“Minimap”) that shows their location and direction, and allows them to use the map to jump to and explore other locations. Additionally, the new system gives clients full control of the virtual experience and makes it easy to add or update tour content at any time.
From offering the ability to tour existing and future facilities in full 3D, to experiencing campus life and retail environments up close, touring event spaces and more, Xplorer Virtual Tour draws in visitors and is designed to ultimately create new interest among prospective students.
Xplorer Virtual Tour melds 360-degree panorama images to create a seamless tour experience and offers on-screen text overlay to feature information about each location, as well as two integrated menus for navigation, zoom and virtual reality settings. Xplorer also includes a guided tour option with audio narration functionality so tour participants can listen and learn throughout their virtual journey. Xplorer Virtual Tour is offered as both a stand-alone virtual tour system and an add-on to concept3D’s CampusBird and atlas3D interactive map and virtual tour platforms.
“The Xplorer Virtual Tour experience is second only to being there, and it’s powerful to see how companies with different needs are taking advantage of the system,” said concept3D CEO, Gordon Boyes. “We are proud to have the world’s best 3D modeling and production team as well as the industry standard interactive mapping software. Xplorer Virtual Tour brings all of this together with virtual reality and fully customizable tours.”