On Friday 7th March 2014 we released version 1.13, this has a number of improvements, including a new an improved home page, using a responsive card layout, improved note navigation and link creation. Read more about the new features on our zendesk release forum.
Stickyworld 1.12 was released on Tuesday 15th January. This release includes an improved upload interface and the ability to add fully interactive maps in your rooms!
All worlds have been updated with this release. You can read more about the exciting features on our zendesk release forum.
The team is currently working with the Creative Citizens project to help the team at Open University and Royal College of Art to deploy Stickyworld for several online community engagement projects.
There are some exciting new features coming including true maps integration (more on this to follow), but one the first technical challenges that the Creative Citizens project team would like to solve is to turn their existing Sketchup models into 360 Panoramas so that the community can explore the proposed spaces of the model and comment on them.
So in this post I am going to show how to set up a 360 panorama image that you can upload into Stickyworld, and this was skillfully prepared for us by architect Andi Fatkoja, thanks Andi ! The content shown is from an model of a self build community that Andi worked on for architects Slider Studio.
Creating a 360 from your Sketchup
First you need the Vray plugin for Sketchup.
In order to create a 360 degree image, we have to open your model and set up the camera in Vray.
Open up the Vray Optional Editorial, then select Camera.
Change the camera from Standard to Spherical, Override FOV to 359.9 degree. (360 sometimes don’t work on Vray for Sketchup. It makes the image either white or black. A bug which Vray should fix)
Setting up the ratio to 2:1
Open up “Output” then change the “Image Aspect” to “2”
Hit the Render button.
Rendered outcome will look something like the above which is an equirectangular panoramic image that you can bring into your Stickyworld.
Over the coming months, we’ll be putting together more tutorials that will cover a range of topics that will help you present the world around you and crowdsource feedback.
If you have any questions, please use the comments so everyone can see, or email support.
Today we are at the Tate Modern attending the Museums Computer Group’s annual Museums on the Web conference. The theme for UKMW13 is ‘Power to the people’. At Stickyworld we think we know a little bit about empowering people through augmenting the end user’s voice and feedback on buildings and neighbourhoods, including museums.
So when the Computer Museum Group asked if we wanted to sponsor the lunchtime slot we jumped at the opportunity. We have been invited to demo our technology and show how it has enabled museums like the Wallace Collection and Design Museum to connect with their audiences and capture unique visual perspectives on their existing and future gallery spaces. To make our demo more relevant and interactive, we thought we should show a bit of the Tate in a 360 virtual tour. So we invited David Woodward from Panoramic Imaging to join us, and provide a demonstration of his high quality service, producing 360 photos in the morning so that we can create a simple Stickyworld virtual tour by lunchtime.
Working with David Woodward of Panoramic Imaging
When we started the early research for building Stickyworld’s panoramic features in late 2010, we purchased our equipment from Panoramic Imaging. Panoramic Imaging is run by David and he came to our studio to train us in the use of various cameras for our research project looking at increasing occupant engagement and feedback to drive energy efficient buildings. We bought one of their kits that helped us get going with the research and it works well for us for community planning projects. Three years later David is working with us again, providing high quality panoramic photos for high end commercial projects where virtual tours of buildings or venues form the basis for discussion and feedback. David has worked to produce world class 360° images in a wide range of environments for national and international brands shooting in the UK, Europe, the US and Far East. He not only brings experience to our projects but he works with the most up to date equipment and software and using specialist techniques that you can visibly see in the results. So we are delighted to be working with him today to demonstrate the capability of Stickyworld virtual tours for museums. This morning we did a whirlwind tour of the Tate and took a few panoramas. Right now David is processing the photos and we’ll be demoing the Stickyworld to the Museum Computer Group over lunch. I hope the Tate lets us make it a public demo so you all can see : ). Here’s David at work in the Tate Cafe (he’s a better photographer than me obviously).
Lunchtime update: We managed to get a demo working within a couple of hours to show at lunchtime. We invited Minnie from the Tate to answer questions about the Bloomberg connect project and showed how Stickyworld can be used to host dialogue in the context of virtual tours. Next we are going to invite the team at Jason Bruges Studio who designed this installation.
Later in the afternoon , I managed to attend some interesting presentations and talks. Here’s the very red lecture theatre at the Tate where all the presentations were made. If you ever find yourself in this lecture theatre, I’d recommend not sitting on the built-in benches at the back – this is so uncomfortable it is like sitting on the naughty chair. Besides the big soft seats are much more comfortable and designed for sitting in.
And here’s our demo: click on the title to look around and comment:
The idea of an unconference is that the participants come together and discuss a variety of topics which they have themselves come up with at the beginning of the event. Everything is driven by the participants, and the event is simply facilitated with just a little structure, suitable space to gather and talk and of course some refreshments. With Museum Camp refreshments means plenty of cake.
How does it work in practice?
Developing the topics in an unconference is a relatively simple process. The day’s agenda is organised into different sessions and each session represented by a time and location written on a sheet of A4 paper posted to a long wall. Then the participants are invited to write their ideas for running a specific session on a post-it note. Each participant with an idea for a topic queues up and pitches that topic to the other attendees before sticking their post-it on the A4 for the session they want to run. After a little organisation, topic merging and re-shuffling, the agenda is soon ready and everyone then goes off to their first session to take part.
With about 80-100 attendees, you can easily run 4 or 5 lively sessions in parallel and its a great way to share knowledge between museum professionals and perhaps start new innovations in their museums. The topics were then recorded on google docs and can be seen here and I have also prepared a room on Stickyworld below.
The sessions I attended included discussions about augmented reality, how museum teams are blogging and also ideas for the museum digital learning network. I then spent the rest of the afternoon photographing the different sessions to see if we could help Museum Camp carry on the conversation and basically to say thanks for all the cake I have eaten by hosting more conversations on Stickyworld. :-).
Carry on the conversation
Whether you attended or not, if you are interested in the topics that are on the minds of UK’s museum professionals, please do visit the Museum Camp Stickyworld, browse the gallery of sessions and stick your comments and ideas for others to respond to.
We hope over time this will become a useful free online resource for Museum Camp and their community to carry on their conversation and maybe it’s a way to participate in the sessions you were not able to attend.