Experts are using smartphone technology to allow people to explore the finer detail of a historical building.
Laser images of intricate features at St Winefride’s holy well in Flintshire will enable visitors to “see” the sculptures up close for themselves. When viewed via a phone they will get additional layers of information – known as augmented reality – not seen by the naked eye. Similar projects are being developed at other tourist sites around north Wales and, more broadly, in other cities of the Atlantic Arc.
Developers at the Centre for Advanced Software Technology (Cast), a subsidiary of Bangor University, say they are hoping 3D augmented reality will enrich visitors’ experiences at other historic buildings. It allows users to interact with their surroundings and see things triggered by the phone application when pointed in a certain direction or at a particular object.
The Imagina Atlantica project includes partners from Spain and Portugal with an exchange programme for artists, professionals, young people, and an international digital art competition.
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