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In 2009 I had to choose a Senior Project for my final year of high school. I went for a challenge.
With the knowledge that my school was going to be torn down in the coming years, and desperate for a way to combine my love for technology and new found obsession with panoramas into a challenging senior project, I came up with something that would take me over a year to finish and hundreds of hours to complete; preserving the entire school in digital form. With my knowledge of Google streetview and realtor-type interactive tours, I came up with the idea of photographing every room in Lake Washington High School, stitching the photos into panoramas, and then stitching the panoramas into a virtual tour.
What I didn't realize is A) how many rooms there are in LW, B) how long it takes to stitch large panoramas, and C) how bad the lighting is in a standard building. All my hardships aside, 9,000 digital photos later I had successfully photographed (almost) every room in LW. However, this was the easy part, if you can believe it. What came next was months of exhausting work, painfully hand stitching photos together in various software applications (this was before the VR/360 cameras we have today that make all this way easier), masking out tripods slowly with a digital tablet, and drinking more coffee than I care to divulge. It seemed like I would never finish and all my work would be wasted.
However, in 2011, I finished putting the last puzzle pieces together and started contacting the district to get permission to post my project online. I had finished what I thought infeasible.
Are you confused by this site? Having trouble navigating through the building? Need an in-depth tutorial? Check out the video below!
This project would not have been possible without the help and support from these people, and I thank them deeply for their help:
(Past) Principal of LWHS
And thank you for viewing my project! Seeing it being used makes all my effort worth it
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