2012 SURF: Web-based Virtual Tours
Web-based Virtual Tours: An Investigation into Practicality and Best Practices with Google Maps
With the release of version 2 of the Google Maps Application Programming Interface (API)1, Google introduced a new feature that allowed programmers to use custom panoramas with Google's API to render 360 degree horizontal panoramas in a web page. We decided to attempt to create a web-based virtual tour application using our own panoramas and custom code interfacing with the Maps API.
The pilot building for the project was the John Mitchell Center at the University of Southern Maine's Gorham campus, home to the Engineering and Technology Departments.