Author: John McCaffery

John is a newly minted Research Fellow working with the Open Virtual Worlds group. John finished his PhD on the deployment of Open Virtual World technology into museum contexts in August. He is now looking at the intersection of Open Virtual World technologies, stereoscopic head mounted displays (virtual reality goggles), natural user interactions and cultural heritage.

Busy Weeks

The last few weeks have been a busy time with conferences and events up and down Scotland. We had a great time at Timespan‘s True North Conference, listening to a fascinating variety of talks about archiving and the evolving future of the north of Scotland. As part of the conference we had a chance to have a go on the… Read more →

Community Heritage Conference

On Saturday the team spent a wonderful day at Archaeology Scotland‘s Community Heritage Conference. It was really inspiring to see all the work that is being undertaken in community groups across Scotland. We look forward to seeing more from all these projects in years to come! Many thanks to the organiser’s for giving us the opportunity and share our work… Read more →

Come and Play at MUSA

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… Read more →

One Step Closer to the Holodeck

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… Read more →

Digital Heritage Congress

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… Read more →

Caen in the Mist

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. Read more →

Kinecting with the Virtual World

The first prototype of Armadillo has been released as part of the supporting material for NuiLib. Armadillo is a Virtual World client capable of supporting immersive interaction. The current prototype features basic Kinect integration for hands free control of your avatar. By making gestures with your arm you can move around, look around and fly through any Second Life Viewer… Read more →