Adding Signage Content to sessions
Some environments include signage boards that can be customised for each session. This can be helpful to produce a different feel or branding for different sessions without having to build a complete custom environment.
Each sign in the iSee environment is labelled so that you can identify where an uploaded image will be displayed.
To add a signage image to a session select the session you would like to work with in the iSee management portal using the 'iSee System' -> 'Organisations' pathway.
Once you have selected the session click on the 'Images' tab. This will open the signage management page.
To add or edit an image for a sign, simply select the signage board you would like to change and select an image from your hard drive using the 'Select files...' button in the 'Edit Session Image' pop up window.
The dimensions at which each image is displayed in the iSee environment can be found by hovering your cursor over the the image preview. Note that iSee will automatically resize your image to meet these specifications and this may stretch your image if it is not in the same proportions as the display dimensions.
JPEG or PNG image formats are preferred.
Adding an Image to a Holodeck
Using the iSee Management Portal, Session Hosts may add an image to the Holodeck, immersing users in a 3D image. You can add an image to a holodeck the same way you add an image to a signage board as above.
There are a couple of different versions of the Holodeck, like the Holotheatre, but the in the images list, the sign will start with the prefix "Holo". For example the one below is name "HoloSphereMed".
You can upload any image to a Holodeck, but ideally you want the image to be a 360 image or a panorama, and have a 2:1 aspect ratio. The image will be transformed into 4096x2048 resolution, so for minimum distortion it is ideal to already have your image in this resolution.
Creating Holodeck Images
Use a 360 camera
To project an image onto the sphere in the Holodeck, iSee automatically transforms the uploaded image into a set resolution of 4096 x 2048. This is a 2:1 aspect ratio which is the standard for 360 images taken by a 360 camera. This means that any 360-camera image in JPEG or PNG format can be uploaded directly to the iSee Holodeck without any distortion.
Use an app to create 360 images
You can download an app (such as Google Street View or Panorama 360) to create your own 3D images. Once created, send the image to your computer to be uploaded using the instructions above. If you have an Android smartphone, some devices come with the Photo Sphere as a default option to create 360 images without the need to download an app.
Edit a panorama image
While it is possible to directly upload a panorama image (for example from a smartphone) to the Holodeck, as it is not in a 2:1 format it will be transformed to 4096 x 2048, resulting in stretching. To avoid distortion, you can adjust your image to a 2:1 format by embedding it in a larger 2:1 background using editing software.