Virtual Tour

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What Does Virtual Tour Mean?

A virtual tour is the simulation of an existing location with the help of sequential videos or still images. Other multimedia elements like music, sound effects, floor plans, etc., could also be used. They help in recreating a realistic representation of reality. Virtual tours help in presenting views to inaccessible areas and provide an interesting and excellent alternative to fieldwork when expenses, time or logistics are an issue for people.


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Several types of virtual tours exist, including:

  • Video tours
  • 360° or panoramic tours
  • Still photo tours
  • Floor plan tours

There are several methods and techniques available to create virtual tours. A good virtual tour should be able to integrate diverse data types using instantly available methods. It should be able to project images from different viewpoints and scales, and should display non-visual data and be able to enhance and expand user experience.

Virtual tours can be provided to all user levels with flexible access and can be customized to meet the needs of the users. They can give a broader view of things compared to normal views. Virtual tours can also provide an experience that can be repeated, and this feature helps in many ways, especially in education, where it can help reinforce learning for students.

Computer knowledge is required for using virtual tours. They suffer, however, from limited navigational skills, and their lack of sensory experiences of virtual tours may not be preferred by all users. They also lack the serendipitous nature of discovery, which could be less beneficial at times compared to being in the actual location. In addition, virtual tours cannot convey the true three-dimensional natures of objects.

Virtual tours are used in many fields such as education, entertainment, recreation, advertising, etc. Virtual tours are also integrated by websites such as tourism-related ones and help in providing more information than just text-oriented links or websites.


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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.