Virtual Reality (VR) is no longer a far-off dream for Cavalier County. The technology has become (for lack of a better word) a reality. The Langdon Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) and the Cavalier County Job Development Authority (JDA) have teamed up together to bring virtual reality to the area.
By Lisa Nowatzki
Barb Mehlhoff from the LACC and Shannon Duerr of the JDA have contracted with Matt Chausse from the company Be More Colorful to show off parts of Cavalier County and Langdon in a 360 degree VR tour. Chausse will be in the county on Friday, July 20 taking pictures for the tour.
Chausse includes twenty scenes throughout the county with the purchased package. Mehlhoff said that the scenes showcase some of the non-profit businesses and other areas that visitors would find interesting.
Some of the places that will be highlighted are Frost Fire and the Summer Theatre, the Roxy and Little Star theaters, Langdon City Park and pool, Sarles pool, Munich City Park, the Pembina Gorge, the Brickmine Bridge, Langdon and Walhalla’s golf courses, the flowers at the Research Center, and many other unique and exciting areas around the county.
Other businesses that have signed up include the Cavalier County Memorial Hospital, Scott Stewart of McHugh Abstract, United Communications, and Choice Financial Bank.
Anyone interested in having a 360-degree image of their place of business can be added to the VR tour for $99 per scene. The first 25 businesses that sign-up get a free pair of VR goggles.
“Tourism is the number two industry in Cavalier County with the development of the Pembina Gorge into a tourism destination,” Mehlhoff explained.
When Chausse comes down on July 20, he will take a 4K resolution, 360-degree image that will be loaded into Google Street View. Besides the Google Street View, the photos will also be available in Virtual Reality. The tour will include a map, menu, and hotspot navigation. The scenes will be available on desktops, tablets, and mobile phones.
Chausse promises that they do not provide “cookie cutter” or “one-size-fits-all” solutions. They help businesses and organizations create premium 360°photographic content and help curate a suite of hosting solutions for your unique business needs.
Be More Colorful offers a wide array of services including 360-degree imagery. They can take the pictures or video or teach you how to take your own. Another service is Google Street View and virtual tours. Chausse’s company will help you get your content out on Google, Facebook, and other WebVR services.
More information is available at the Be More Colorful website at www.bemorecolorful.com.
The deadline to sign-up is July 18. If someone has questions or wants to feature their business, call Mehlhoff at the LCC at 256-3079 or Duerr at the JDA at 256-3575.