Category Archives: Digital Archiving/Dissemination Techniques

Microsoft HoloLens

The HoloLens was originally announced on 21 January 2015.

But it was the systems appearance at the E3 expo in America that demonstrated its abilities, including those for playing minecraft in an innovative way.

Although similar in appearance to Virtual Reality goggles the system works in a completely different way, by projecting virtual components (holograms) into a view of the real world, this is called Augmented reality.

It is believed that the HoloLens will cost between £300-£600. It is not likely that it will be available before 2016.

Potential
This system has great potential for a number of areas within Archaeology and Cultural Heritage including virtual museums, where 3D recreations of artifacts are visible to the viewer next to fragments. Or for site tours/or visits to sites of historical interest where a 3D recreation model of the site is visible on top of the excavated remains.

Limitations
Those who have used it have suggested that it has a limited field of view for the Immersive elements. And it is quite expensive.

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YouTube to support 360 degree videos

YouTube have announced that they are beginning to support the upload and playing of 360 degree videos. They can be played on normal computers and panned around using the mouse within the Google Chrome browser. While using mobile phone and tablets running the Android operating system can change the viewing angle of the video by moving the device. Amongst the 360 degree camera technologies supported are, Bublcam, Giroptic’s 360cam, IC Real Tech’s Allie, Kodak’s SP360 and RICOH THETA.

Currently a script needs to be run manually to insert metadata into the spherical video file so that it uploads correctly as as a 360-degree video to YouTube, but this will be made automatic later. No mention has been made for support of VR (Virtual Reality) Headgear but Google Cardboard and other systems are likely to be supported soon.

Potential
The YouTube development will allow the easier dissemination of 360 degree immersive videos which can be integrated into any website/blog by embedding YouTube videos.