WALTHAM, Mass., May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- EveryScape, Inc. today announced the upcoming launch of EveryScape.com, the world's first interactive eye-level search that offers Web users a totally immersive world on the Internet. By enlisting consumers' contributions, EveryScape is actively creating a virtual experience of all metropolitan, suburban and rural areas in which visitors can share their stories and opinions about real-life daily experiences against a photo-realistic backdrop ranging from streets and cities, communities, restaurants, schools, real estate and the like. San Francisco will be the first city launched this September, with nine major metro areas to follow by the end of 2007. A working preview of the San Francisco experience is available at www.everyscape.com. EveryScape is bridging the gap between the physical world and the virtual one by allowing people to search, find and experience every aspect of a city or town. This includes exploration of both exterior and interior "points of interest" that exist on any terrain. With EveryScape.com, users not only tour cities and towns, but also interact, collaborate and share in the creation of EveryScape.com. For example, while "walking" through Union Square in San Francisco via EveryScape.com, users can window shop storefronts as well as tour the inside of those stores, see their offerings, and access published reviews and other information. As users tour an area, they can add their own content, including relevant links, personal reviews, rankings and so on. Users can also add their own points of interest by contributing links, text and even their own visual representations. For example, someone looking to rent his or her apartment can add a "For Rent" sign and an apartment tour. Moreover, EveryScape.com requires no special software or downloads; users simply need a Flash-enabled browser with broadband Internet access. A Simple, Scalable Approach to Building the "People's World" To tackle the challenge of building the entire world online, EveryScape is leveraging its patented HyperMedia Technology Platform(TM). This one-of-a-kind approach enables almost anyone to capture the imagery needed to build out a geographic location with minimal training. Images are captured with standard digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, and then uploaded to EveryScape for processing. EveryScape can use images captured in almost any environment including urban and residential settings, forests, mountains, beaches and even underwater. By employing this highly scalable approach, EveryScape is tapping into local communities and users to assist in building out a visual library of content that will cover the entire world. "Building the online world is a massive undertaking. And no one company or technology can do it alone - nor should they. We are on a quest to help build the 'People's World'," said Jim Schoonmaker, president and CEO of EveryScape. "That means we must use a simple and scalable approach that allows any person to participate on their terms." EveryScape to Launch 10 Metropolitan Areas in 2007 EveryScape plans to launch 10 major metropolitan areas by the end of 2007, including the cities and their surrounding communities. Users can vote on additional cities and towns to be created at www.everyscape.com. Members of the local communities will then be enlisted to help in the creation of those online experiences. The current schedule for 2007 includes the five following areas beginning in September, with the remaining five to be determined by the public's votes. 1. San Francisco 2. Boston 3. New York 4. Seattle 5. Chicago To discover more about EveryScape and get an advance preview of the San Francisco experience, visit www.everyscape.com. About EveryScape, Inc. EveryScape, Inc. is creating the world's first interactive eye-level search that enables Web users to engage in a totally immersive, photo-realistic world on the Internet. EveryScape is creating a virtual experience of all metropolitan, suburban and rural areas in which users can share their stories and opinions about real-life daily experiences against a backdrop ranging from streets and cities, communities, restaurants, schools, real estate and the like. Leveraging its patented HyperMedia Technology Platform(TM), EveryScape is using a simple, highly scalable approach that allows the company to tap into local communities and users in building out the online world. EveryScape is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. and is venture backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Draper Fisher New England, and Draper Atlantic. Find out more at www.everyscape.com.
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