Feel like taking a seaplane over Lake Union today? How about walking the Space Needle’s halo?
Well, you can.
The Space Needle has launched a free virtual reality app called Space Needle 360º that lets you take in some of the most amazing sites from the Needle and above.
Once you get the app, you can choose from three existing experiences: Take a cruise in a Seattle seaplane over the beautiful sailboats in Lake Union; dare to do the Halo Walk on the Space Needle; or get a bird’s-eye view from above the Needle.
PANOGS photographers Michael Franz and Gavin Farrell shot the incredible footage. They used robotic camera heads and 360-degree video cameras to capture the images, then compiled them into one spherical, 360-degree view, according to a Space Needle statement.
No matter where you look or how you move your smartphone, it gives the feeling that you are looking at the real thing — the scenery moves with you, so you can look straight down on that Halo Walk if you dare.
The app is on Google Play and Apple. They also suggest using a neat, old-school cardboard viewer, which you can get from the Space Needle.
Last summer, we reported on the Space Needle’s efforts to go digital in “More than a great view,” and the plan to use augmented reality and virtual reality to enhance the guest experience with technology. Next up? An augmented reality tour on the Needle’s first app.