This weekend the team are at MUSA (the Museum of the University of St Andrews) demonstrating our various reconstructions and the ways they are presented. If you you are in St Andrews feel free to drop by and explore the Cathedral, Eyemouth Fort, the Caen Township and various other models. We will be in MUSA’s learning loft between 12 and 4, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Recently the team have been working on the Eyemouth Fort reconstruction. Using archaeological data from the site of Eyemouth fort and historical drawings, we are starting to recreate a model of how the fort stood in the year 1557. The model will then be filled with interactive information points, giving access to all levels of information, from the archaeological survey data, history and images of the fort, to how people at that time were dressed and what they were eating.
The Open Virtual Worlds team have been working away at combining the Oculus Rift, The Kinect and our ever expanding catalogue of historical reconstructions to allow users to travel back in time. By Taking the CtrlAltStudio Virtual World viewer, adding the kinect movement bindings developed for the Chimera project (integrated using the NuiLib API) users can stand freely in the centre of a room, wear the Oculus Rift headset, and control their movement without ever holding a peripheral. As the resulting viewer works with any Virtual World content this gives users access to all of our historic reconstructions (virtual time travel!) as well as all the content available across Second Life and all public OpenSim grids.
The controls for ACE have been kept as simple as possible. They were originally designed for the Caen Township installation in a museum. For that they had to be gestures that users could pick up almost instantly.
Over the past week the team have been updating this site to better reflect the multitude of projects the Open Virtual Worlds team are currently engaged in. You can now visit the reconstructions page for a list of the 12 models the team has worked on to date, with further information on each. There is a projects page with a list of the 14 supporting projects the team have engaged in to bring the models to life and help with our education goals. If you want to explore our virtual world a visit to the connect page will give you all the information you need to get started. Lastly our about us page has been updated to give an overview of our research philosophy and overriding goals, as well as an extensive list of collaborators. To go with then new content we have also chosen a new design which should keep everything nice and clean and easy to read.
We hope you like the new layout and enjoy learning a bit more about what we do. Any questions for the team are always welcome, feel free to use the comment boxes to get in contact with us. If you are interested in the work we do and would like to look into collaborating on a project we would be excited to hear from you. All content as it is now will continue to change and expand as we start new projects and achieve progress on the projects we are currently engaged in.
This week the Open Virtual Worlds team are in Marseille at the UNICEF Digital Heritage Congress. The team are presenting 4 separate papers showcasing their work using Virtual World technology for a range of applications in Cultural Heritage.
One of the papers will focus on the team’s flagship reconstruction, the model of the St Andrews Cathedral circa 1318. Part of the presentation will be to show the video which is included below.
A new video has been produced of the Caen Township model. This video is a flythrough that focuses on the parts of the model which were modified to reflect an archaeological dig which took place on the real world site earlier in the summer. The dig was organised by the Timespan Museum and Arts Centre in Helsmdale, Sutherland, Scotland.
Two videos have been produced showcasing the Virtual Caen Township project at the Timespan Museum and Arts Centre. The first covers the basic outline of the project while the second tells the whole story.
All credit for the videos goes to Greta Scott-Larsen.
John introduces the story telling room at the Timespan museum in Helmsdale.
Timespan’s virtual museum.