The Launch of Everyscape 3D Virtual Tours – 3D Map Views Inside Buildings

October 29, 2007

In September, 3Dwalkthroughs.com posted a story about the beta release of Everyscape.com. Everyscape’s technology lets businesses and organizations build engaging, immersive relationships with consumers through three-dimensional, photo-realistic experiences of cities and towns, streets and sidewalks, building exteriors and interiors.

This morning Everyscape officially opened its doors for business and is seeking to quickly capture images throughout the world. By the end of 2007, EveryScape plans to capture 10 metropolitan areas and 15 additional towns.

Unlike a traditional virtual tour, which spins in a 360 degree circle, this new technology allows you to transport forward, fully experiencing the environment from all angles.

As NYC was one of the first cities to be captured, I was able to test out this cutting edge technology by navigating from Madison Square Garden directly to the 3Dwalkthroughs.com office. The result is pictured above.

One of the advantages of this technology over Google Earth is that it also allows you to capture interior views of buildings. Currently interior views are only available in Miami and Aspen. When the view moves from an outside to an inside view, the map window changes from a city view to a blueprint of the layout of the building or room. As you move through the building, the map changes to reflect where you are.

One of the other cool features of this technology is that you can learn more about a specific location by linking from Everyscapes interface to sites such as links to Flickr, Yelp, Wikipedia and YouTube.

Integrating our 3D Walkthroughs, 3D Renderings and 3D Floor Plans into Everyscape’s technology might be an interesting way for visitors to better understand the areas surrounding a new development project we are involved with.

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3D Technology Green Buildings

October 28, 2007

It seems like every new development project in NYC is described as being a “Green Building”. I am sure most of you have heard the term, but do you really know what it means?

Here is a good definition I pulled from Wikipedia

Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency of buildings and their use of energy, water, and materials, and reducing building impacts on human health and the environment, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal — the complete building life cycle.

A similar concept is natural building, which is usually on a smaller scale and tends to focus on the use of natural materials that are available locally.[1] Other commonly used terms include sustainable design and green architecture; however, while good design is essential to green building, the actual operation, maintenance, and ultimate disposal or deconstruction of the building also have very significant effects on buildings’ overall environmental impact.

The related concepts of sustainable development and sustainability are integral to green building. Effective green building can lead to 1) reduced operating costs by increasing productivity and using less energy and water, 2) improved public and occupant health due to improved indoor air quality, and 3) reduced environmental impacts by, for example, lessening storm water runoff and the heat island effect. Practitioners of green building often seek to achieve not only ecological but aesthetic harmony between a structure and its surrounding natural and built environment. The sustainable buildings are also environmentally friendly in the fact that they are built out of materials that are good for the environment.The appearance and style of sustainable homes and buildings can be nearly indistinguishable from their less sustainable counterparts.

Green buildings are scored by rating systems, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Globes from GBI and other locally developed rating systems.

So how does 3Dwalkthroughs.com believe 3D technology can help promote the benefits green building? Unlike video and virtual tours which typically show an existing building, as-is, 3D Walkthroughs, 3D Renderings and 3D Floor Plans can be created to effectively demonstrate the environmentally friendly materials and planning that are being in a Green development project. Using 3D technology to stimulate an emotional response by viewers is a much more impactful way of demonstrating the benefits a Green Building can have on the environment and can go into much more detail than just showing pictures or adding some copy to marketing materials.

We are right about to start creating a 3D Walkthrough for one of these properties and will post the link once it is completed.


3D Technology and Green Buildings

October 28, 2007

It seems like every new development project in NYC is described as being a “Green Building”. I am sure most of you have heard the term, but do you really know what it means?

Here is a good definition I pulled from Wikipedia

Green building is the practice of increasing the efficiency of buildings and their use of energy, water, and materials, and reducing building impacts on human health and the environment, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal — the complete building life cycle.

A similar concept is natural building, which is usually on a smaller scale and tends to focus on the use of natural materials that are available locally.[1] Other commonly used terms include sustainable design and green architecture; however, while good design is essential to green building, the actual operation, maintenance, and ultimate disposal or deconstruction of the building also have very significant effects on buildings’ overall environmental impact.

The related concepts of sustainable development and sustainability are integral to green building. Effective green building can lead to 1) reduced operating costs by increasing productivity and using less energy and water, 2) improved public and occupant health due to improved indoor air quality, and 3) reduced environmental impacts by, for example, lessening storm water runoff and the heat island effect. Practitioners of green building often seek to achieve not only ecological but aesthetic harmony between a structure and its surrounding natural and built environment. The sustainable buildings are also environmentally friendly in the fact that they are built out of materials that are good for the environment.The appearance and style of sustainable homes and buildings can be nearly indistinguishable from their less sustainable counterparts.

Green buildings are scored by rating systems, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Globes from GBI and other locally developed rating systems.

So how does 3Dwalkthroughs.com believe 3D technology can help promote the benefits green building? Unlike video and virtual tours which typically show an existing building, as-is, 3D Walkthroughs, 3D Renderings and 3D Floor Plans can be created to effectively demonstrate the environmentally friendly materials and planning that are being in a Green development project. Using 3D technology to stimulate an emotional response by viewers is a much more impactful way of demonstrating the benefits a Green Building can have on the environment and can go into much more detail than just showing pictures or adding some copy to marketing materials.

We are right about to start creating a 3D Walkthrough for one of these properties and will post the link once it is completed.


LifeAt- Private Social Networking Intranets For Property Developments

October 27, 2007

3Dwalkthroughs.com recently came across a new website/service that we find very interesting and ripe with potential. LifeAt, creates private, password protected websites for exclusive use by members of residential communities. Residents use LifeAt sites to communicate with neighbors; post classifieds; and rate and review local retailers, restaurants, & delivery services. Property managers and building developers use the sites to post news and updates for residents and to attract potential buyers and renters. The success of each site is fueled by the active participation of its membership.

Acording to the LifeAt website, the concept for the site was developed to help high profile developers service international/remote buyers by giving them a way to acclimate to their new surrounding more quickly. Understanding that potential buyers were hoping to find a community and not just an apartment in which to live, the founder racked his brain to come up with some way to foster that sense of community in a new building. That’s when inspiration hit: create a safe, online community where fellow residents can meet and help each other out as they explore their new surroundings. With that simple thought- LifeAt was born.

The LifeAt business model is growing rapidly with thousands of sites in production and international expansion in the works.

3Dwalkthroughs.com believes that the LifeAt business model could expand to include everything from remote viewing capabilities to remote climate controls. We also think the social networking component of the site can be integrated into a 3D model of each building to improve the real time interaction between tenants.

An online demo of this the LifeAt service can be found here>>


SpaceTime 2 – 3D Search Engine Has Just Launched it’s Beta 2 Version

October 26, 2007

Spacetime, the 3D search engine, has just launched the upgraded beta version of their application. Their initial beta release garnered over a half of a million users. Based on feedback from this initial test group they have made the following improvements/upgrades to their application:
1) Improved Sleek Interface which makes searching even easier and more fun.
2) Space Time Zoom- A interactive magnifying glass help highlight whenever the specific search terms show up in the results. This makes it easier to find specific answers to queries.
3) Improved 3D Interaction with Multiple Open Pages.
4) Improved Bookmark and Favorites Functionality.
5) Navigator Widget which allows viewers to zoom, plan and zip through search results much easier.
6) Increased Number of Major Content Partners including Flickr, YouTube, Google, Ebay, Yahoo, and RSS.
7) Intuitive Timeline which lets users quickly browse through content.

If you have not already downloaded a trial version I would suggest giving it a try. It is a really easy, fun and effective way to search the internet. To get a better understanding of how this search engine works and view all of it’s features please click here>>>

On a separate note, 3DWalkthroughs.com is proud to launch a new look to our blog. Please come back often as new articles are posted every day. Our blog’s new tagline, Your Place For All Things 3D, describes our focus on bringing you the latest news in the 3D industry. We welcome any suggestions on how we can improve the blog along with other feedback on our 3D Walkthroughs, 3D Renderings, 3D Floor Plans and other Interactive 3D Products.


SpaceTime 2 – 3D Search Engine Has Just Launched it’s Beta 2 Version

October 26, 2007

Spacetime, the 3D search engine, has just launched the upgraded beta version of their application. Their initial beta release garnered over a half of a million users. Based on feedback from this initial test group they have made the following improvements/upgrades to their application:
1) Improved Sleek Interface which makes searching even easier and more fun.
2) Space Time Zoom- A interactive magnifying glass help highlight whenever the specific search terms show up in the results. This makes it easier to find specific answers to queries.
3) Improved 3D Interaction with Multiple Open Pages.
4) Improved Bookmark and Favorites Functionality.
5) Navigator Widget which allows viewers to zoom, plan and zip through search results much easier.
6) Increased Number of Major Content Partners including Flickr, YouTube, Google, Ebay, Yahoo, and RSS.
7) Intuitive Timeline which lets users quickly browse through content.

If you have not already downloaded a trial version I would suggest giving it a try. It is a really easy, fun and effective way to search the internet. To get a better understanding of how this search engine works and view all of it’s features please click here>>>

On a separate note, 3DWalkthroughs.com is proud to launch a new look to our blog. Please come back often as new articles are posted every day. Our blog’s new tagline, Your Place For All Things 3D, describes our focus on bringing you the latest news in the 3D industry. We welcome any suggestions on how we can improve the blog along with other feedback on our 3D Walkthroughs, 3D Renderings, 3D Floor Plans and other Interactive 3D Products.


SpaceTime 2 – 3D Search Engine Has Just Launched it’s Beta 2 Version

October 26, 2007

Spacetime, the 3D search engine, has just launched the upgraded beta version of their application. Their initial beta release garnered over a half of a million users. Based on feedback from this initial test group they have made the following improvements/upgrades to their application:
1) Improved Sleek Interface which makes searching even easier and more fun.
2) Space Time Zoom- A interactive magnifying glass help highlight whenever the specific search terms show up in the results. This makes it easier to find specific answers to queries.
3) Improved 3D Interaction with Multiple Open Pages.
4) Improved Bookmark and Favorites Functionality.
5) Navigator Widget which allows viewers to zoom, plan and zip through search results much easier.
6) Increased Number of Major Content Partners including Flickr, YouTube, Google, Ebay, Yahoo, and RSS.
7) Intuitive Timeline which lets users quickly browse through content.

If you have not already downloaded a trial version I would suggest giving it a try. It is a really easy, fun and effective way to search the internet. To get a better understanding of how this search engine works and view all of it’s features please click here>>>

On a separate note, 3DWalkthroughs.com is proud to launch a new look to our blog. Please come back often as new articles are posted every day. Our blog’s new tagline, Your Place For All Things 3D, describes our focus on bringing you the latest news in the 3D industry. We welcome any suggestions on how we can improve the blog along with other feedback on our 3D Walkthroughs, 3D Renderings, 3D Floor Plans and other Interactive 3D Products.