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What is a virtual photo walk? — Watch this video and you will want to go on one

 

“As a photographer you’re in a special place taking pictures, and now you can share that with others”

 

Photographer John Butterill discovered a way to share his photo walks through Google+ Hangouts. Almost immediately photographers around the world began volunteering to share their view of the world with people whose mobility was limited.

 

// Thx – Jimmy Gardner

Nelson Mandela and Google create a virtual museum of his life

For a look at the future of digital museums, check out the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory’s new digital archive composed of thousands of scanned documents from the African leader’s life.

With the help of a $1.25 million grant from Google, the center digitized thousands of documents and images that illustrate the life and times of South Africa’s first black president. But instead of scanning them and dumping them online for scholars to peruse, the center, with Google’s support, created a virtual museum experience — highlighting certain pieces from the archives, putting them in the context of Mandela’s life and then enabling a visitor to the site to go deeper if they’d like.

The exhibit is organized by different phases of Mandela’s life, such as “Early Life,” “Prison Years,” “Presidential Years” and “Retirement.” As you move through the different sections, you’ll find the earliest known photograph of Mandela, scans of the desk calendars where he scribbled notes during his 27 years in prison, and handwritten notes he sent his daughters — including one written shortly after the arrest of their mother.

via L.A. Times

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Take the White House Public Tour using Google Street View

Members of the Google Art project and the Google Street View team recently came to the White House to create a new way for people to tour the White House.

Take a look at the process that went into creating a 360 degree virtual walk through of the White House public tour.

Take a look inside the White House at http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/the-white-house/museumview/

An innovative virtual store for an online retailer

The number 2 grocery chain in South Korea, Home Plus, is looking to improve sales through innovation. They have created a virtual store offering “500 items including food, electronics, office supplies and toiletries.”

The store is at an underground subway station in Seolleung, located in the south of Seoul, South Korea, a city of 10 million people. It takes up seven pillars in the stations and six walls. On it are life size pictures of items in a real store.

Next to each item is a small barcode, actually a QR code. Shoppers use their smartphone and a downloadable app to scan and make purchases.

The order is then sent to the store closest to the shoppers home and a delivery truck completes the order. Dropping off a box of groceries at your front door.

it’s very similar to shopping on Amazon or using Peapod, but represents one of the first successful physical stores for an online service.

Taken from Amusing Planet, where they also have a video introducing the concept.

 

Thx to Stacie Dauffenbach