THE work of creative genius John Colebrook, who made the first 360 degree video of Bunbury and then a 360 degree stitched photo game of Sydney, has now gone global.
And once again, Bunbury plays a key role.
The Pixelcase managing director has launched a brand new website HD Towns to enable tourist bodies and local companies to promote themselves in a unique and beautiful way.
On the website users can book hotels, take a Google tour of a restaurant and view websites of local activities – all from a 360 degree drone panorama.
“Our vision was the have the best and most unique locations showcased around the world,” Mr Colebrook said.
“Within one week we have had 350 towns claimed around the world and we look forward to being the largest aerial gallery of towns and cities in the world.”
The incredible images are captured with by a Pixelcase drone before being processed in Bunbury, London and Bucharest.
Clients can control their town by tagging areas of interest within the views.
“The website has taken about six months to develop but the tagging engine that powers the images is part of our system which has been developed and upgraded over two years,” Mr Colebrook said.
“The response to the maps has been great and we are rolling out new features all the time.
Before the December 8 launch, Mr Colebrook said he hoped to have 600 cities in the database.
“We had 100 cities signed up in the first hour and 300 within 24 hours,” he said.
“Local advertisers, tourism bodies and directory website companies are all signing up to claim their town.
“Cities that have been claimed include New York, London, Moscow, Sydney, Paris and Tokyo.”
The website has also created a number of in-building views for Google Maps.
Some of the Bunbury businesses featured include Café 140 and the South West Sports Centre.
Businesses who purchase a Google Map receive a free showcase in the HD Towns site.