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Oculus Rift: activating heritage collections through technology

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 16: Virtual Travels
Thursday 11 February 2016, 14:45 - 15:15
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Ben Carmichael and Gerrard Daniels

Geelong Regional Library Corporation, Vic

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The Geelong Regional Library Corporation, in preparation for the opening of the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, is investigating the ways cutting edge technology can enhance archival material. The incorporation of Geelong’s Heritage Centre items into the library’s collection offered the perfect opportunity to experiment with how historical material might be presented in exciting new ways. Using the Oculus Rift virtual reality hardware, local turn-of-the-century stereoscopic images have been given new life, allowing patrons to experience the past with anticipated future technology. This paper details the considerations, background and implementation of this project.


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