MD Series: Did it exist in 1850? Round 1

Researching the 1850s and thus the Victorian era has been eye opening for me so far. Everything I thought I knew from general knowledge and a good BBC drama has disappeared in front of my eyes. So here’s a comprehensive rundown of:

‘Did it exist in 1850? Round 1’: Transportation

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Masters Dissertation: introducing the series

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Where have I been hiding?

Hi all, sorry it’s been such a long time since the last post! They really don’t exaggerate when they say that a Master’s course takes the majority of your waking hours! But, I’m back with a new series of posts, this time focused on my new dissertation. The topic: Presenting information about the Wilberforce Memorial School for the Blind (that was based at King’s Manor), in the format of a soundscape.

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Battle of Bannockburn revisited

Now, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you’ll know I’ve talked about the Battle of Bannockburn Experience before. But, since that article I’ve found this really interesting video showing¬†how the entire experience was put together.

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The Battle of Bannockburn Experience

The Battle of Bannockburn Experience is a fully Augmented Reality experience created by Bright White Limited for the National Trust.

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The problem faced by the National Trust was how do you make a battle come to life when the site, before the experience was added, was essentially a flat field. How do you make the experience tangible? This is where the Battle of Bannockburn Experience was born.

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Back to the Future: The Sensorama

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The Sensorama. Patented by Morton Heilig 1961

The year is 1961 and Morton Heilig has just patented his amazing invention. With the birth of the Sensorama arguably came the birth of Augmented Reality.

So, what did the Sensorama do?

The Sensorama aimed to try and create a fully immersive viewing experience. The film was three-dimensional and in colour for a start (a thing we probably take for granted these days). But, that’s not really the interesting part. The interesting part was the way it gave viewers the feeling of motion, sounds, smells and the feeling of wind on one’s face. Pretty impressive by even today’s standards.

Why was it important?

This kind of invention showed just how revolutionary Augmented Reality could be. It really was ahead of its time, even if the quality of the film wasn’t HD!

Not strictly AR gear

This isn’t strictly AR but it is very closely linked in the VR (Virtual Reality) community. This is the year that Virtual Reality headgear is going to be available in peoples homes (if you have about ¬£500 spare…but, you get the point). It is no longer an abstract concept that you just see in The Sims but something that, very soon, you could own and experience in your own house.

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Augmented Reality technology 2016

Every year brings with it new tech and new ways to experience Augmented Reality. This year is no exception with the introduction of technology such as the ODG Smart Glasses. Click on the video below to take a look:

Although, like with Google Glass, I am slightly terrified by the idea of wearing this kind of technology all the time (think of all the normal things you would miss!). This kind of technology has a lot of potential.

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