Space Needle's PanoCam Goes Live, First Tower in the US to Broadcast Continuous Scrolling Panoramic Images of City

Viewers can see high resolution, 360-degree shots taken every 10 minutes from the Space Needle's spire

Aug 11, 2015, 13:25 ET from Space Needle

SEATTLE, Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Space Needle has launched PanoCam, a digital experience through which users can see high-definition, 360-degree panoramic images taken from a camera on the top of the Space Needle, 605 feet above ground. Images are taken every 10 minutes beginning one hour before sunrise and ending one hour after sunset, and are archived dating back to January 1, 2015. PanoCam is available on the Space Needle's website and through kiosks on the Observation Deck.

"The Space Needle was built to be the perfect perch to see the beauty of the Pacific Northwest," said Vice President of Marketing, Karen Olson. "Now with the PanoCam, we can capture and share the best views of the city – from glowing sunrises, to peak-a-view foggy days to some of the most beautiful sunsets on the west coast."

PanoCam uses the world's most advanced webcam with imaging technology from Roundshot Livecam of Lustdorf, Switzerland. A camera mounted on the Space Needle's spire takes individual images of up to 66 million pixels that are automatically stitched together, creating a complete panoramic view. The technology is new, and the Space Needle is the only tower or office building in the U.S. using it at this time.

The Space Needle will save all images in an archive that is available to the public, and plans to use the images to record changes to Seattle's skyline in the years to come. The Space Needle is curating a collection of "Best Shots," panoramas taken on days when the weather was exceptionally clear or foggy, along with some of the best sunrises and sunset shots. On the website, "Best Views" can be seen via the menu on the right side of the screen. On the Observation Deck, guests can vote on their favorite shots.

PanoCam is part of the Space Needle's larger initiative to enhance guests' experiences using technology. In July 2014, the Space Needle implemented a set of experiences – including the Space Needle mobile app, SkyPad (an interactive touchscreen wall), interactive view kiosks, and digital photo experiences – in response to the evolving landscape of how people travel, experience new sites, and share memories. Last month, the Space Needle introduced Space Needle 360o, a free virtual reality mobile app featuring interactive, bird's eye views of Seattle that place you 600 feet above the city on a perfect day.

About the Space Needle: Since opening for the 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle has welcomed visitors from every corner of the world to enjoy breathtaking views and savor all things Seattle. The iconic signature of the city's skyline, the Space Needle makes the perfect launching pad for Pacific Northwest adventure, exploring Seattle's vibrant culture, or soaking in the area's natural beauty. If you see one thing in Seattle, see everything!

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