Phenomenal 360° Virtual Tours

13 03 2010

At the the end of last year i was involved in filming the Bompas & Parr Architectural Punchbowl at 33 Portland Place. (In fact i even wrote a blog post about it)…

Although i’m obviously a fan of video for capturing a moment and place in time – i was totally blown away by this 360° virtual tour featured on the Bompas & Parr website.

It was created by Will Pearson at Eyerevolution, a Crouch End-based company with an AMAZING portfolio of 360° tours.

Now virtual tours are nothing new but the sharpness and smoothness of their work has blown me away.

The above video doesn’t really do it justice – i couldn’t figure out how to embed the actual Flash Panorama Player and the frame rate on Snapz wasn’t quick enough to show the true smoothness.

Excuses excuses… ;)

So to get the true effect – check out Eyerevolution’s other London-based (and not so local) venues in their portfolio on their website.

The Architectural Punchbowl 360° vitual tour can be seen on the Bompas & Parr website.

My boots and the UK economy

29 01 2010

The 3six5 project is collating daily blog entries from writers all over the world. Each day a different person gives a unique perspective on what’s happening in their own space, but within a global news context.

I was the voice of January 28th 2009…

I have a hole in my boot.
Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but this afternoon it’s been raining and I’ve had a lot to think about…
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Bompas & Parr’s – Architectural Punchbowl

4 12 2009

Next week in London is a 3-day extravaganza that is going to be A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
How do you fancy seeing an entire room being flooded with punch?! Even better – you get to drink said punch and even float across it on a giant slice of orange peel!


The guys behind it are Sam Bompas and Harry Parr – better known as Bompas & Parr – Jellymongers and there are still tickets available for Wednesday 9th December.

The video (produced by yours truly) gives only a hint of what to expect…



12 07 2009

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I finally got around to uploading these extra pics of artist Edgar Mueller and his 3D art at Docklands.

After i posted the original blog entry about Mueller’s 3D pavement art i went back the following day to see how he was getting along.  Click on the link below to see fab pics of Edgar Mueller at work
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3D Art

21 06 2009

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Today, whilst walking through West India Quay in Docklands, i met 3D artist Edgar Mueller.  He was busily working on his street painting of The Cave.

“Scientists have been baffled by the appearance of a mysterious cave at West India Quay (London). It is believed that a light earthquake unearthed the cave which is estimated to be over 10 million years old. Initial investigations have releaved that its lake is likely to be fed by the waters of the River Thames but cannot explain the intense glow of green lights emitting from its depths. Scientists now hope to uncover some of its secrets.”

(From Edgar Mueller’s website)

Keep reading to see examples of Edgar Mueller in action and also MORE 3D Art in London by Joe Hill & Max Lowry…

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Behind the Scenes – Sony X-Series – Press Launch

13 05 2009
"How do i check my voicemail again?"

"So how do i check my voicemail again?"

 The new Sony X-series Walkman has been released  – citing itself as the most serious contender to the iTouch.  With an Organic LED screen (something to do with carbon bits rather than vegetables) it offers a brighter, clearer picture for much less power.  Along with noise-canceling technology, Sony are marketing the device as akin to having a ‘cinema in your pocket’.

This week, to emphasise the theatrical feeling, Sony converted a London Underground tube carriage into a cinema!  
For the press launch on Tuesday 12th May, 2009 there was popcorn, pick ‘n’ mix and model Danielle Bux dressed as an usherette. How do i know this?  I was actually there…

The credit crunch takes its toll on Danielle Bux

The credit crunch taking its toll on the WAGs


At 8:30am i arrived at Stanmore station (the far end of the Jubilee Line) to help unload the required materials for converting a carriage.  

Mind the gap

Mind the gap


Our very own train took us all the way to Charing Cross (how did they do that when it’s not even on the Jubilee Line?!) and we parked up in a disused section of the Bakerloo Line.

We got to travel right at the front!

We got to travel right at the front!

We then had 1 hour to convert the 15 metre carriage with red velvet drapes, scatter cushions, cup holders, carpet and golden handrails.  There was an old-fashioned popcorn maker (assembled by yours truly in a speedy amount of time), fizzy drinks (in walkman branded cups) and a sweet dispenser.  

Product Demo

The X-series was available for people to try out.  Not overly intuitive (IMHO) but smart looking nonetheless and the screen really did look good.

The biggest obstacle for me was remembering that it’s not actually a mobile (whilst simultaneously hiding my own iPhone for fear of causing offense!)


London commuters are definitely avid users of portable video players.  We seem to like nothing more than isolating ourself from fellow passengers on the long ride home from work and if the noise-canceling technology does what it says then that would be a most welcome addition to the longer life/sharper screens.  The Victoria line has been measured as louder than a pneumatic drill – 118 decibels and at times i know i struggle to hear my music (despite it being at full volume).


I’m intrigued by the idea of linking an old-fashioned cinema style to a cutting edge piece of technology – it’s almost as if as consumers we need something familiar/traditional/safe in order for us to feel secure with the latest technological developments.  By grounding the X-Series with nostalgia and the collective experience of cinema, Sony are softening the rather solitary activity of engaging only with the screen.