Virtual reality (VR) technology is a tool many are experimenting with to bring science, art, nature and history to life. VR main uniqueness is its immersive qualities, allowing scientists and researchers to map and visualise projects in interesting ways. Archaeologist David Finsterwalder has been experimenting with VR at an excavation in Southern Germany in Ellwangen.
This VR project came about through private experimentation by Finsterwalder, and was completely unplanned. The archaeologist wanted to make use of the scanning and photogrammetry data that had been collected. He initially tried WebGL and game engines before moving onto augmented reality (AR) for mobile devices, creating his own AR Android app that could work with head-mounted display’s (HMD’s) like Google Cardboard.
This experimentation progressed further once Finsterwalder purchased an Oculus Rift DK1, then a DK2, and finally a HTC Vive which is shown in the video below. Due to the project being a private experiment, it was completely un-funded and so won’t be publicly distributed. A public demo will be held this weekend, Saturday 19th September 10am – 2pm and Sunday 20th September 1pm – 5pm CET, in 73479 Ellwangen at Oberamtsstraße 1, for those interested.
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