3D virtual reality tour of Cultural Commons and other locations now available
By Taylor Hale
STEVENS POINT – A new 3D virtual reality tour of the Cultural Commons in Stevens Point can now be taken online.
The 3D tour is used by scanning the location with specialized cameras and tools. The digital world is constructed from real images, but can be explored via a computer, almost like a video game.
“I have several 360 devices I use depending on the application. Basically I take several 360 degree photos and also laser measurements to create a VR model that can then be viewed in a virtual walk through,” said Barry Calnan, the mastermind of the virtual tours.
Calnan said he is doing the 3D scans of interesting locations to further spread the knowledge of 360 photography, noting that his services are available for businesses and organizations that may wish to virtually render their spaces.
“I am doing VR tours of several interesting and historical locations. My business is doing VR scans for people and companies so I have gained an expertise doing this,” Calnan said.
Other 3D tour locations include the Belke Lumber building, a historical fire house, and area business and homes.
The Cultural Commons, located in Pfiffner Pioneer Park next to the Riverfront Arts Center, is intended to honor the city’s heritage and partners, including Esteli, Nicaragua; Glucz, Poland; and Rostov Veliky, Russia. There is also a space dedicated to honor the native Menominee people who established communities along these banks of the Wisconsin River.
The project was spearheaded by Calnan Design Group.
To try the 3D tour or to learn more about Calnan’s work, visit: virtualpointwi.com.