July 23, 2011

3D history visualization - augmented reality with Archeoguide

Acheoguide is one of European Information Society cultural projects.
The idea of the project was to build a system providing new ways of information access at cultural heritage sites in a compelling, user-friendly way through the use of advanced IT including augmented reality, 3D-visualization, mobile computing, and multi-modal interaction as the project website is stating.
Although the paper written to summarize the results of the project seems the project worked out, I've just accidentally found about it and have never heard before what probably tells it wasn't so applicable.

Here's the video how the end product looks like and the impressions of the tourists with small presentation how the mobile device used for visualization works.
video

ARCHEOGUIDE is based on a  client-server architecture.  It comprises three modules: the  Site Information Server, the Mobile Units,  and the Communication Infrastructure.

The top-of-the-range Mobile Units (the one you see in video), is the laptop-based one, built on a Toshiba Satellite laptop  computer,  A  Differential GPS receiver and a digital compass are hooked on the laptop to provide position and orientation tracking of the touring user. A PC camera with automatic luminance adjustment for capturing live video from the users viewpoint, and a special Augmented Reality (AR) Head-Mounted Display (HMD) in the form of a pair of see-through sunglasses for displaying AR worlds featuring monument reconstructions on top of their natural surroundings are also attached to the laptop. (Vlahakis et al. 2002)

There is much more information available, you can find on Archeoguide publication page.

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