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A virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel

In my book on Virtual Travel, I have spoken about how a virtual trip to a museum, art gallery, or other tourist attraction can actually be better than being there. I am not saying that a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel is presently better than being there. But, it is very good indeed. You can actually do a tour, where you have the chapel all to yourself.

Click on or paste this link into your browser:

and you’ll see the Chapel on your screen. Hold left mouse button down and move it around to navigate. Click (+) or (-) to zoom in our out on any aspect of the floor, walls and ceiling.

Now, I’ll grant that this is NOT yet the completely, “as if you were there” experience you will be able to enjoy with virtual travel in about 20 year’s time. But, it is a very good way to absorb the beauty and detail of the work of Michelangelo in a way that you could never do, even by visiting the Sistine Chapel.

With this virtual tour, you have no other visitors to contend with.   Your neck won’t start to ache from constantly looking up at the ceiling.  There is no waiting to get in.  And, you can be there and back with the click of a mouse, instantly.  No airline, no rental car, no hotel required. And best of all, no expense.

Consider this another one of the “baby steps” to virtual travel that I spoke about in my last BLOG before the holidays overtook us.


Virtual Travel Impact on Architecture and Contruction

Last week I talked about how the evolution of virtual travel would likely affect the travel industry.  But, it’s not just the travel industry that will need to learn and change.  So will the architecture and construction industry and a number of others.   The way commercial real estate and even residences are designed will need to be completely re-thought.  Take the special case of hotels and how they are presently designed.  There are many sleeping rooms, significant conference  space, restaurant capacity, catering capacity, etc.

In the future, if a much larger number of people travel virtually to meetings, fewer sleeping rooms and square feet of traditional conference space will be needed.  Ditto the number of meals in hotel restaurants or in event spaces by catering.  If more knowledge workers can use virtual travel technology to be completely effective without going into their employer’s locations, then those companies will require fewer “physical” offices, cubicles and traditional meeting rooms.  The lessee’s of these large commercial buildings will begin to see tenants reduce their demands for physical space with each renewal of their leases.  As new buildings are designed and developed, they will need to be smarter, smaller, and more flexible.  At some point the only buildings that will need to have the workers show up physically is for things like manufacturing, converting raw materials into finished materials, and the like.  But, the knowledge workers, i.e., the white-collar workers, will very rarely have to make a trip into an office.  This will not be the same thing as today’s attempts at telecommuting.

Although even with today’s basic technology, telecommuting is making an impact for some businesses bottom line, even though to date, there is no discernible reaction by the architecture and construction industry, aside from a smattering of telepresence studios in the most forward thinking corporations.  For the longer term as virtual reality technology matures, knowledge workers will be able to collaborate with as many of their colleagues, customers and suppliers as they wish by using the same technology will provide an “as if you were there” business travel experience without leaving your home town.  This will be a game-changer for a far broader and deeper set of industries and businesses than one might think.

Ask yourself the question, would you physically commute to work if you could work from a location within a short walk or even from home (eventually) and have a more productive, rewarding experience than if you physically traveled?  I know what my answer would be.