The views from the Space Needle keep getting better and better. Today, the iconic Seattle site launched its PanoCam to give viewers an eyeful of panoramic shots of the city.
In a release, the Space Needle says that the PanoCam is the first tower in the nation to provide continuous scrolling images of the city. High-res, 360-degree pictures will be taken every 10 minutes, starting one hour before sunrise and ending an hour after sunset daily.
The PanoCam actually started taking shots in January. Once you go to the Space Needle’s site, you can go back in time to a certain day to access the “Best Views” they’ve cataloged, or rotate the actual dial to see today’s panos (see picture on right).
With imaging tech provided by Switzerland-based Roundshot Livecam, the camera takes individual images up to 66 million pixels from the Space Needle’s spire, 605 feet above ground, then automatically pieces them together to create the pano shots.
In addition to being online, the images will also be at kiosks on the Observation Deck, and visitors can vote on their favorite shots.
PanoCam is the latest in the Space Needle’s digital efforts to share the experience using technology. Just last month, it launched Space Needle 360, a virtual reality app that lets you actually go into several scenes in/around the Space Needle and feel like you’re experiencing them firsthand, including the hair-raising Space Needle walk and flying over Seattle in a seaplane.
Keep these killer digital shots coming, Space Needle.