The current IMO headquarters, which was built in 2009 by the architect, Josep Llinás, is one of the most advanced eye centres in Europe with 23,000 m2 dedicated to eye care. Its facilities, which are designed to accommodate the Institute's intense care, teaching and research activities, offer patients the best service and the latest technology in a firm commitment to progress and innovation.
This innovative zeal that has characterised IMO since its inception and which is embodied in its headquarters, is also what has driven the making of a 360º video to show the centre from a unique perspective, which seeks maximum immersion. Thus, by recording real scenes in different areas of the Institute, with the help of seven camcorders that are simultaneously switched on, we are able to obtain an equirectangular projection, in which the whole space is represented on a flat surface (similar to world maps).
As Ignasi Pastori, who is in charge of the video and is an expert in this technology, explains, "the new tools allow us to record images and play them at 360º, which so far was only possible in the field of photography." By incorporating movement "we achieve a real immersive experience, in which the viewer feels like actually being in the video, which becomes their eyes, hence providing them with multiple viewpoints."
This way, they are active protagonists on a virtual tour that goes through the waiting , consultation, operating rooms and other IMO places, accompanied by supplementary information through the integration of explanatory graphics in each area. With this dynamic and interactive tour, where you can rotate the image up and down, to the left or to the right, the public has the opportunity to get to know the centre and get closer to its operation, while visiting it from their computer, tablet or mobile phone.
By means of this video, we intend to make a step forward in IMO's wish to consolidate itself, despite its large size, as a close Institute, whose spacious, comfortable and modern facilities reflect its commitment to care excellence. In addition to ensuring maximum medical and surgical quality, this commitment involves making the stay as pleasant as possible for patients and their companions, with spaces and complementary services (parking and restaurant/cafeteria) that are presented in an innovative format, which is used in a pioneering manner by a healthcare centre.
As Ignasi Pastori concludes, "at 360° you have nothing to hide, everything is open wide."
"Place your mouse on the video and turn the cursor on the screen to the left or right, up or down, to visit IMO on a 360º tour."