We sat down with him to learn how he records, edits and creates virtual tours with THETA cameras, including some important lessons he has learned throughout his more than 20 years of photography career. Then, a professional photographer with specialized skills and experience will create your virtual tour for you, and you're more likely to have the most realistic representation possible. We conducted a qualitative study with 16 users to discover the good, bad and vertiginous aspects of modern virtual tours. An immersive virtual tour will keep travelers in your accommodation space for longer, allowing them to view their experience to determine if the rental meets their needs.
However, all participants observed that, once they reached the point of decision-making where they wanted to go into details, a virtual tour was better than photos to get a real idea of the place, with all its flaws. The users of these virtual tours wanted an experience guided and led by experts, not an authoritative audio narrative, but detailed details revealed upon request. If you hire an outside company to create your virtual tour, they can often host the tour on their servers. While there is no completely universal list of information that all users would want to include in every room of a virtual tour, domain-specific topics are easy to identify.
This approach worked well for tours that only had one 360-degree image per room; however, for virtual tours that offer relatively free mobility within space, it would be very unwise to have so many arrows labeled. An Airbnb virtual tour will allow your guests to enjoy your rental property as if they were actually there and will help build trust. The measurement tools made the user touch a series of points in virtual space to measure the distance between them; however, to obtain accurate measurements, users had to touch very precisely, a feat that was almost impossible on a mobile device and still very difficult on a desktop computer with a mouse. Sam Rohn, a professional 360-degree photographer based in New York, has been honing his virtual reality photography skills since 1998, after capturing iconic scenes from New York to Tokyo.
The same problems affected virtual visits, which used an augmented reality interaction model. They took advantage of the mobile device's gyroscope to track the user's position in space and move the route. All participants described this experience as nauseating and nervous and complained of the “gorilla arm” (fatigue from keeping the arm extended). People who virtually visit museums and cultural institutions want to learn about what they're seeing and why it's important.
By adding it to your Airbnb listing, you can offer travelers the opportunity to virtually tour your property before booking. If you're creative and have great production skills, you can also create the virtual tour yourself.