Virtual Yuelu Academy takes you on a tour you've never experienced before!

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The project on the Virtual Yuelu Academy is a subproject of the interactive navigation program for historical sites and it was developed by the Comdesignlab team from the School of Design, Hunan University.  As one of the four most prestigious academies over the last 1000 years in China, Yuelu Academy has been a famous institution of higher learning as well as a centre of academic activities and cultures since it was formally set up during the Northern Song dynasty. The project took advantage of software such as 3dsMAX, unity and rebuilt a high precision model of 3D Yuelu Academy based on the map information, aerial photos and historical data, combining field measurement, mapping and sampling. Through lighting simulation, rendering, photos, texts and videos, the information can be stimulated in the virtual tour. We specifically optimized the performance features of mobile devices in order to allow real-time interactive video to be smoothly played on the HD screen on Android phones. By using the optical adapter and Bluetooth remote control handle, the users will immerse themselves in a three-dimensional virtual tour experience. This project offers great help to various fields such as online sightseeing, cultural projection and the research of ancient architecture.

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The timeline allows users to see the changes of Yuelu Academy throughout history; the red dots allows users to see the detailed information about each location at the Yuelu Academy.

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The users will see the internal structure of an architecture by “dragging” the roof as well as the section details in a dynamic mode.

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Entering the Academy at the entrance on the map – the virtual tour can be operated on a mobile terminal (together with 3d adapter)

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Positioning the picture precisely

All the classic pictures of the Virtual Yuelu Academy were taken at the Yuelu Academy in order to restore the scene to maximum extent

All the photos used for this project were taken at the Yuelu Academy in order to restore the scene to maximum extent

 

Taking photos of hundreds of stone steles and tablets to put in the virtual scene

Taking photos of hundreds of stone steles and tablets to put in the virtual scene

Real light and aerial perspective effect simulation

Real light and aerial perspective effect simulation

During the virtual tour, information board will poop out and float on the screen for visitors for read

During the virtual tour, information board will poop out and float on the screen for visitors for read

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Visitors in Milan experiencing the virtual tour.

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Visitors in Milan experiencing the virtual tour.

Visitors in Milan experiencing the virtual tour.

Immersive virtual reality technology can give users a fully immersive sensory experience and it gained wide attention in academia and industrial fields. However, virtual reality still faces challenges in the field of cultural heritage protection and inheritance, such as ancient architecture restoration. It is difficult to truly improve the interactive experience due to a lack of research on affective and cognitive mechanism.

Based on those challenges mentioned above, this project combines psychology, artificial intelligence and knowledge of other disciplines to study information and communication technologies such as  digital information acquisition technology in a large space, multimedia virtual scene modeling, immersive virtual reality technology, and somatosensory interactive technology. It provides the users with an immersive experience at the cultural heritage site and will help mitigate the conflict between cultural heritage protection and the use of cultural property.

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