Google Ups The Ante On Search Technology
Google is taking its cutting-edge technology to new heights.
The search engine is teaming up with a Tulsa photographer to help businesses show off their companies in a whole different way.
Many of us have used Google's Street View technology on Google Maps.
Now, we're able to take that one step further, by going inside businesses for a 360-degree virtual walk through.
Google is one of the most popular search engines.
It has all types of features from Web searches, to images and even virtual tours.
Daniel Rosenstein was the first Google Trusted Photographer in Tulsa.
He uses a top of the line camera to create a high-quality, interactive tour for local businesses, then he posts it to Google.
"This is a real good way for customers to be able to visit your store online without having to come to it physically," Rosenstein said.
Here's how you can access one of these tours.
Go to google.com and type in the name of a business.
We're going to check out The Little Gym in Tulsa.
If there's a tour available, you'll have the option to click "see inside" here on the right.
Now you can navigate through the business and even walk through doors to get a broader look at everything this place has to offer.
"It's not just a stand and spin around," Rosenstein said. "This actually allows the customers to walk through the place, zoom in on different parts of the business and actually feel like their walking through that particular business."
Rosenstein has shot about a dozen area businesses - from restaurants to gyms.
He's currently in the process of photographing the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown.
Jeff Keeley, Hyatt Regency Tulsa General Manager: "Words only go so far," Hyatt Regency Tulsa General Manager Jeff Keeley said. "Pictures go a lot further and this is even better than pictures because it's actually like walking through the hotel and seeing everything we have to offer."
Keeley says this adds a whole new dimension to showcasing the features of his hotel.
"It helps put us head and shoulders above some of our competition because they don't have it and we do," he said. "It's a nice perk to have for our sales people."
The Hyatt's Google 360 Tour will be up and running on Google by Friday.
If you're interested in showcasing the inside of your business on Google, you can contact Tulsa Imagery.