At Google I/O 2018, Google announced the launch of a new free tool for creating virtual tours, called TourCreator! You can build a tour using your own 360 cameras, or the 360 photos on Street View.
The tours can include points of interest and image overlays, and will be easily shareable. The key is that TourCreator is simple enough for anyone to use and doesn’t require coding.
Here’s a sample virtual tour:
Virtual tours will be hosted on Google Poly. In the future, virtual tours can be exported to Google Expeditions, Google’s VR teaching tool. I’m not sure if Google will eventually allow tours to be posted on Street View.
If you’d like to shoot your own 360 photos but don’t have a 360 camera, check out the most affordable good quality 360 camera, the Samsung Gear 360, which takes 30mp photos but is now under $70. The Gear 360 was designed to work with high-end Samsung phones (Samsung S6 and above) but you can actually use it to take 360 photos with any phone, whether Android or iOS!
The trick is to use the Google Streetview app (available on iOS or Android). From the Streetview app, you can take a photo with the Gear 360.
And if you’d like to learn more about virtual tours, please join my Virtual Tour Network on Facebook!
Thanks to Youtube channel 360tips&tricks for bringing this to my attention!