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Sunday, September 30, 2007


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It's probably too obvious to start with the idea that this kind of project would revolutionize something like mapquest, where every major change in the directions would be a photo or video of the point. No need, either , to think of the travelogues that we all might be subjected to by our more technical friends. But there is something big out there.


Dan, Way, way back in the day - when video disks were becoming popular - I was still in tourism promotion and got excited by some startling tech news.

It never panned out, to my knowledge, but I was told by a sharp promoter that technology existed THEN (early 80s)to watch a still picture an attraction or hotel and then "step forward" to see into the lobby then move further down the hallway and turn right or left and see THAT view on the screen.

He explained that more than 80,000 single pictures could be contained on a single video disk (the size of a 12" LP recording) and instant access meant you could offer what we now would call a virtual reality tour from that massive base of photos.

That was 27 years ago. Looks like you and Geoff are making that Sci-Fi premise come true.

Mark Musselman

I hear you! I've begun to digitally post some of our information using Google Earth. You can see the Audubon South Carolina property lines; the Francis Beidler Forest boardwalk, canoe trail and hiking trails; and the Four Holes Swamp watershed boundary at http://www.sc.audubon.org/education/curriculum.htm

Once our new webpage is online, various data (water quality, species sightings, research) will be loaded, including video and still images, especially for the boardwalk and canoe trail. Anyone on the planet will be able to take a virtual field trip to the Francis Beidler Forest and remotely experience the largest remaining virgin, old-growth cypress/tupelo swamp.

Your blog is a fine tutorial to get me started!

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