Viewing the past : virtual time binoculars and the Edinburgh 1544 reconstruction
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This paper discusses how a digital reconstruction of the Scottish capital of Edinburgh around the year 1544 was created and communicated to the public. It explores the development and reception of the Virtual Time Binoculars platform – a system for delivering virtual reality heritage apps suitable for use on most smartphones. The Virtual Time Binoculars system is placed in the context of earlier research into mobile heritage experiences, including Situated Simulations (Liestøl ) and the Mirrorshades Project (Davies et al. ). The eventual virtual reality app is compared with other means of viewing the historic reconstruction, including online videos and an interactive museum and educational exhibit. It outlines the historical and technical challenges of modelling Edinburgh’s sixteenth-century cityscape, and of distributing the eventual reconstruction in an immersive fashion that works safely and effectively on smartphones on the streets of the modern city. Finally, it considers the implications of this project for future developments in mobile exploration of historic scenes.
Rhodes , E , Miller , A H D , Davies , C , Oliver , I & Kennedy , S 2019 , Viewing the past : virtual time binoculars and the Edinburgh 1544 reconstruction . in D Beck , A Peña-Rios , T Ogle , D Economou , M Mentzelopoulos , L Morgado , C Eckhardt , J Pirker , R Koitz-Hristov , J Richter , C Gütl & M Gardner (eds) , Immersive Learning Research Network : 5th International Conference, iLRN 2019, London, UK, June 23–27, 2019, Proceedings . Communications in Computer and Information Science , vol. 1044 , Springer , Cham , pp. 117-128 , 5th Immersive Learning Research Network Conference (iLRN 2019) , London , United Kingdom , 23/06/19 . https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-23089-0_9conference
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