Above the Clouds Website by Plus 360 Degrees

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Above the Clouds

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Website

INSPIRATION:
The Earth is the true inspiration for this project. The project was created as a tribute to Earth. Besides that, Carl Sagan's book "Pale Blue Dot", has also been an inspiration, from which a quote was also included in the project. Another powerful source of inspiration was the "Cosmos, A Space Odyssey" TV series, 2014 edition, in which the CG graphics of Earth and space were beautiful. After watching the episodes, we decided to try and simulate something like that in the browser and make it interactive and easily accessible by any type of user.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Above the Clouds is a real time interactive cinematic experience, created for the modern browsers, where viewers are taken through a mesmerizing journey around the Earth, from far and closer angles, listening to music specifically composed for this purpose, and reading a quote from Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" book. The purpose of the project is to stop for a few minutes from our hectic daily lives and appreciate the Earth in all its sublimeness, from angles we seldom see.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The project can be experienced without any user input if desired, or by using the mouse to look around, from more angles. The viewer can also toggle between the animation mode and full interaction mode, using the menu buttons, where he/she can look and take screenshots of Earth from different angles.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in Bremen in November 2014 and was finished in April 2015, launched on Earth Day. It received an update in technology and graphics in January 2017.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The project uses WebGL technology and it was fully developed using JavaScript and GLSL. The 3D models were created and optimized, and different textures were created for achieving the desired realistic result.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The project uses cutting-edge technology and runs in any modern browser on computer (desktop and laptops), as well as in modern smartphones/tablets browsers.

TAGS:
earth, webgl, realtime, cosmos, space, html5

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The project's research was mostly focused on the technical, artistic and interactivity areas. Human Computer Interaction tests were made before its development, with the aim to identify the simplest and most intuitive interactive patterns, knowing that on the Web, users are not as used to interact with 3D interfaces and objects. The most challenging part has been to integrate two different systems, the Web and Video Games models for imagery creation. The impact we strive with the project is to make people aware of the uniqueness of Earth, that we should all treasure it and protect it.

CHALLENGE:
The challenges in this project were mainly achieving the best visual results of the Earth using the WebGL technology. Due to limitations in different hardware and devices, we had to find a common ground in using elements that would render in most of them, since the goal is for as many people as possible to be able to access the project. Creating the shaders of the Earth, the specific glows and the sun brought new challenges that we did overcome. There are items on our list that will be added to the project with the next update.

ADDED DATE:
2017-02-27 11:36:47

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Ivan Moreno - Concept and Programming, Delia Otetea - Concept and Design and Sean Beeson - Music Composition

IMAGE CREDITS:
Ivan Moreno
Delia Otetea

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Plus 360 Degrees

PROFILE:
Plus 360 Degrees is an independent studio based in Bremen, Germany. It was founded with the aim to create customized high-end real-time 3D experiences for brands and agencies. Our most well-known works are vehicle configurators, where the users can explore and customize vehicles from any angle. In addition to pioneering new solutions for the automotive industry, we also cater to the aerospace, architecture, fashion and industrial design sectors. In order that we may offer our clients the latest and most advanced solutions, we are in a constant state of research and development. This is why we are always pushing the boundaries of current technology as well as testing different methods of delivering compelling content to end users. We seek theĀ unionĀ of art and performance, knowing that for the best result, the two must always go hand in hand. Our team takes advantage of the power of WebGL to deploy applications for a wide variety of computers and devices.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Above The Clouds Website by Plus 360 Degrees is a Nominee in Website and Web Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Above The Clouds Website by Plus 360 Degrees is Winner in Website and Web Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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