This virtual reconstruction of the abbey gardens in 1663 and 1730 uses spherical panoramas in a large number of points, allowing to go from one virtual location to the other and in this way, walking around in the gardens, admiring its (reconstructed) beauty from different points of view.
By walking around on the archaeological site in the same way, going from point to point in the physical space (indicated by traffic cones), a guide can explain how the abbey gardens looked like in a certain period, and the members of the guided group can see these virtual features through a cardboard VR viewer (in which they have put their smartphone) or on a tablet.
A guided tour on the archaeological site VR using visualisation of a virtual reconstructions in 1663 and 1730 (photo: Veerle Delange)
Although the cardboard viewer without strap gives the best results, it turned out that tablets are the easiest to use, as they require less configuration. In any case, all participants to the six guided tours were very confident that they were much better experiencing the site and learning about its history.
Participants to the guided tour were using both VR cardboard viewers and tablets (photo: Veerle Delange)
This approach is another way to implement GroupVR and turn 3D and VR into a support for site guides, not a replacement, with the additional benefit of social interaction and better communication between the members of the group.
The Ename abbey gardens around 1665 (image: Visual Dimension bvba)
We recently made a virtual reconstruction of the Ename abbey gardens in 1665 and 1730, which is now available onlien and in multiple forms in the context of the free exhibition Old Love at the Ename Heritage Centre.
The Ename Heritage Centre and archaeological site (photo: Daniel Pletinckx)
The 3D virtual reconstruction can be superimposed on the real landscape by looking through “peep boxes” containing a transparant 3D print of the reconstruction.
18th century peep boxes combined with 21th century VR on the 2nd floor of the Heritage Centre (photo: Veerle Delange)
Additionally, an interactive walktrough of the abbey gardens in 1665 and 1730 can be experienced with any VR headset and any tablet (and can be viewed also on any desktop).
Ename abbey gardens in 1665 (image: Visual Dimension bvba)
Here is the 1665 tour on VR headset and tablet or desktop (for the headset version, push START on both sides before you put your smartphone in the cardboard viewer).
Overview of the French gardens in the Ename abbey in 1730 (image: Visual Dimension bvba)