Wednesday, January 21, 2015

3rd Planet travels the world in 3D


For most people, the search for the perfect vacation begins at their desktop or tablet computer. They browse through photos and descriptions of beautiful resorts, historical sites or other popular attractions and the imagine themselves lounging next to a shimmering pool or walking the grounds of an ancient castle.

But what if they could take a tour of the location using 3D interactive images? That's the idea that led to the creation of 3rd Planet, a website created to show off major travel destinations using lifelike three-dimensional animations.

The latest addition to the site's Wonders of the World collection is Grand Palace of Thailand. The animation gives a bird's-eye view of the Grand Palace with pins that notes its major features and information details such as the hours when the palace is open to the public. 

3rd Planet was developed by Terence Mak, a Singaporean IT entrepreneur who helped create "Journey to Everest," which showcases four locations in the Kingdom of Nepal.

To take a tour of the Thai palace or the Venetian Resort in Macao, visit the 3rd Planet website or download the mobile versions from the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store.  Check 3rd Planet's Twitter feed for news about new additions.


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