Exploring the past with Google Cardboard
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Combining digital reconstruction with mobile technologies has the potential of enriching visitors experience to historic sites. Through designing a mobile App with Google Cardboard it is possible to use technology already in peoples' pockets to provide immersive on-site exploration of historic sites. This paper looks at our experience in developing such a mobile App which acts as a digital guided tour of the remains of St Andrews Cathedral. The App brings together traditional media such as audio, images, panoramas, 3D video and 4π Steradian (or 360°) video with a mobile smartphone and Google Cardboard to provide a tour of one of Scotland's most important historic sites. The mobile App is available from both Google Play and iTunes, providing direct delivery to a potential audience of millions. It complements the location-aware mediaeval St Andrews App, which provides a guided tour to the town of St Andrews as a whole. In the absence of Google Cardboard the App is still useful providing both visual content and audio commentary on this historic monument.
Fabola , A , Miller , A & Fawcett , R 2015 , Exploring the past with Google Cardboard . in G Guidi , R Scopigno , J C Torres & H Graf (eds) , Proceedings of the 2015 Digital Heritage International Congress : Digitization & Acquisition, Computer Graphics & Interaction . vol. 1 , 7413882 , IEEE , pp. 277-284 , 2015 Digital Heritage , Granada , Spain , 28-2 October . DOI: 10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2015.7413882conference
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