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Space Needle Wins Top Award for VR Experience

The iconic Space Needle in Seattle, US, which opened as part of the 1962 World’s Fair has released a couple of virtual reality (VR) 360 degree video experiences over the course of 2015. Due to the release of Space Needle 360° and PanoCam, The Space Needle has received the “Technical Innovation Award for Excellence” at the 2015 World Federation of Great Towers annual conference this month in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Space Needle 360 is a free VR app featuring interactive, bird’s eye views of Seattle. It gives users the experience of standing on the Space Needle’s spire, walking on the Space Needle’s Halo (outermost ring), and flying around Seattle in a seaplane.

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While PanoCam is an experience that gives a view of Seattle with a continuous scrolling high-definition, 360-degree camera on the very top of the Space Needle.

Images are taken every 10 minutes beginning one hour before sunrise and ending one hour after sunset, and are archived dating back to 1st January, 2015.

“We have worked diligently to create compelling digital experiences that enhance the guest experience at the Space Needle,” said Karen Olson, Space Needle Vice President of Marketing in a statement. “It is an extraordinary honour to receive this award from the World Federation of Great Towers, whose membership includes some the world’s most recognizable structures, such as the Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building.”

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