iPad users can now “visit” tourist attractions without leaving their homes by controlling films taken at various locations.
The Guardian news has partnered with Condition ONE to develop an immersive travel guide. Released as part of the Guardian’s Tokyo travel guide, the interactive videos allow users to control what they want to see. As the video is playing, the user can swipe or tilt the device to look left, right, up or down.
Guardian travel writer Benji Lanyado told Nieman Journalism Lab that the 180-degree video guides were perfect in giving people “immersive, armchair travel.” Users can get a better sense of the locations, culture and attraction sites, where often words and photos aren’t enough to get a proper sense of the majesty of a scene.