DNP Launches Full Scale Virtual Image System

Facilitates hands-on virtual experience

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) is pleased to announce the full scale launch of a service via the addition of new functions to an image system that allows users to experience a hands-on virtual experience by using real video photographed with omnidirectional cameras.

[System Overview and Newly Added Functions]

In April 2013, DNP developed a hands-on virtual experience image system prototype using image data, such as scenery and buildings taken with an omnidirectional camera that capitalizes on DNP's unique image editing and replay technology. This system uses real video, and as a result, achieves high reality. Users are therefore able to enjoy a vivid virtual reality experience, such as the feeling of freely moving through the virtual space displayed on tablet terminal screens. By walking along a virtual passageway, for example, it is possible to select the direction the user wants to proceed in by choosing from among multiple arrows located at turning points along the virtual way, or to stand at any one point and look to the right or left, or up or down from the point at which the user is "standing."  

DNP has now enhanced this service to include higher resolution images, and the inclusion of explanatory video and audio at specific locations in the virtual space, all of which can be freely controlled by the user.

<Newly Enhanced Functions>

  • It is possible to replay explanatory video and audio at specific locations in the virtual space. As a result, it is possible for users to gain a deeper understanding of those virtual locations.
  • By installing the explanations at set positions along a pre-set route it is also possible to include hands-on virtual experiences with attached explanations, in much the same way as taking a guided tour. This requires no operational input from the user.
  • It is now possible to experience a more conducive walk through experience by adding higher resolution, smoother mages.
  • It is also possible to experience virtual spatial experiences at client locations, via the use of a Windows version tablet terminal.

By using this enhanced image system it is possible for users to enjoy "virtual" visits to locations and facilities that are normally off-limits to visitors, or those that may have closed for the day. Entire spaces can be saved as data, making it possible to preserve re-experience images of spaces fated to disappear, such as event venues used for a limited time only, and buildings scheduled for demolition.

[Pre-Tax Pricing]

Reference costs from photographing with omnidirectional camera to authoring start from 3.0 million yen

* Based on anticipated full day photo scheduling and the provision of an indoor space approximately 3002 meters.

[Forward Looking Events]

In addition to further enhancing system functions and expanding uses, a distribution system will also be developed, and it will be made possible to use the system from a home-based computer or mobile terminal.

DNP plans to market the enhanced system to art galleries, museums, commercial facilities, theme parks, and for factory tours, aiming for sales of approximately 300 million yen, from this and related sales, in fiscal year 2016.

* Product prices, specification and service contents mentioned in this news release are current as of the date of publication. They may be changed at any time without notice.