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Visual time machine offers tourists a glimpse of the past

AR means users can see how frescos on the walls of the Sale Diana once appeared. © iTacitus
A ruined temple, ancient frescos and even a long-dead king have been brought to life by a “visual time machine” developed by European researchers.

The Palace of Venaria near Turin, Italy, and Winchester Castle in the United Kingdom have already benefited from the technology, which combines augmented reality (AR) content with location awareness on mobile devices to give visitors to historic and cultural sites a deeper, richer and more enjoyable experience. Other places of interest are also set for a virtual renaissance in the near future with a commercial version of the system being developed to run on smart phones.

Augmented reality allows people to see and discover much more than they would normally be able to by overlaying information and images in real time on photos and video taken using a mobile device....

ICT results article and wired blog entry .


BBC radio solent interview

Luke Speller from BMT was interviewed about iTacitus by Pat Sissons for BBC Radio Solent a regional radio station covering Winchester and Southhampton . Listen to the interview here


The Sunday Times Covers iTacitus

It could herald the end of the guidebook...Tourists will be able to call up images and video footage of landmark attractions in their heyday — seen from the spot on which they are standing. 

read the article here  

iTacitus at eChallenges e-2009

Ben Hodgson from BMT will be presenting the paper:

'Intelligent Tourism through Ubiquitous Services: Lessons Learnt from two Field Studies'

at the eChallenges e-2009 conference in Istanbul Turkey on the 21 - 23 October 2009 .


Final Review in Turin

In July 2009 after 32 months the EU funded project came to an end. The final review took place at Reggia Venaria Reale in Turin Italy where the prototype system was demonstrated.

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