Making your tours compatible with Google Cardboard (VR)

Updated by Antoine Gouritin

The GuidiGO platform is compatible with Google Cardboard technology on both iPhone/iPad and Android, so it’s easy to create virtual reality (VR) experiences for your visitors by adding 360° panoramic views.

Like videos, panoramic views are typically found in the “bonus” section of a stop on the tour. Using a VR headset or Google Cardboard, visitors can immerse themselves in the scene in virtual reality and explore the full expanse of the space simply by turning around in a circle.

Users who don’t have Google Cardboard or a VR headset can still see your 360° panoramic views by rotating the scene on the screen of their mobile device or computer.

Types of compatible views

The platform supports the following types of fixed views:

  • Any 360° photo taken by a professional photographer
  • Any 360° photo you take with a spherical camera

  • Any 360° export taken in a 3D environment.

The view must be equirectangular with a 2:1 aspect ratio. This is the most common file type used by 3D photographers and on spherical cameras marketed to the public.

Because equirectangular images are a flat projection of a spherical image, it is normal for them to seem slightly misshapen.

Adding Google Cardboard-compatible views to a tour

  1. In GuidiGO Studio, under the 2 - Stops tab, select the stop to which you would like to add a Google Cardboard-compatible view.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click Add Panorama.

  3. Load your equirectangular image. Make sure it has a 2:1 aspect ratio.
    Please note: you can add several 360° views to each stop.
You can also load a 360° view to replace Google Street View for any stop. This can be especially valuable for tours that will be accessed remotely.

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