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Spokane Virtual Tours

Even though I am very new to the “Virtual Tour” scene I have already been asked by many friends and family why I decided to start producing Spokane Virtual Tours. I would think back to the time when I first decided to get an AAS degree in Photography. The year was 1998 and I was going to find my niche in the digital photography market. In fact, I decided to add another year of digital imaging technology so I could “Photoshop” those digital images I was about to start stacking up.

I had a great time learning all those things and plying my trade when out of the blue, my College professor told me about these fantastic 360 degree images on the web and that they were being used by most of the major players in marketing and advertising on the internet. That he was actually creating them himself and would I be interested in learning how with him. I jumped at the chance and it was not long before we had everything of interest in our hometown of Spokane Washington photographed and stitched and placed on the net for all to see.

We tried to market to local businesses and we did sell a few, but back in 99 the technology was new and the file sizes were rather large at one to two megabytes per “spin”. Additionally, there was not much broadband available so it took quite a while to download each file. In other words, we really didn’t get this enterprise of the ground.

Well now, here it is ten years later and things have changed. By total chance, I ran across a company called Real Tour Vision. They happen to be world leaders in the virtual tour field and they offer state-of-the-art technology. I immediately realized that this was the opportunity I had been looking for. Turns out the software had improved tremendously and now everyone seemed to be hooked up to broadband allowing for very fast downloads.

The game had taken a complete 180 and was now a viable advertising option. This company keys on the Real Estate market but can be utilized by many different types of businesses. For example, imagine that you want to take a vacation to the Florida keys but having never been there, you have no idea where to stay. Simple, just plug in your Google search for local hotels and “voila” there they are complete with virtual tours of each individual property. You can see what your getting into before you plunk down your cash. Wonderful. This is an idea that years ago no one even thought about. What a great idea!!

I can only imagine where this is going. I look forward to the future when this application evolves into who knows what. Until then I plan on making many virtual tours in Spokane and thoroughly enjoy my association with RTV.

Remember – there is nothing to fear but fear itself !

Steve Stephens
www.digitalshowcasevr.com
Spokane Virtual Tours
Order a virtual tour – 509 868-4043