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Monday, January 21, 2019

Holoforge for Historical Experience

Saw a number of examples early on of using VR to effectively show historical data,  good example for use, for both teaching and for interacting with complex data.

The Mont Saint-Michel: Digital perspectives on the model
Celebrating French art, history, and culture through mixed reality and artificial intelligence.

The Musée des Plans-Reliefs is bringing to life the historic Mont-Saint-Michel relief map—an example of the 17th century’s most advanced mapping technology—via a mixed reality experience that uses current mapping innovations to immerse viewers in a vital piece of French history and culture.

For centuries, technology has been influencing the way people engage with the world and shape the course of history. In 17th and 18th-century France, large-scale 3D maps—painstakingly built by hand down to the most intricate details—were the most advanced mapping technology of their time. They were considered such valuable strategic tools that leaders like Napoleon and King Louis XIV considered them military secrets and hid them from public view.

The Musee des Plans-Reliefs in Paris is home to more than 100 of these historic relief maps that  have withstood the test of time. But the crown jewel of the collection is the model of Mont-Saint-Michel—a rocky headland off the Normandy coast with a Benedictine abbey that’s an architectural marvel in its own right—presented by a monk to Louis XIV in 1701. A new HoloLens experience is bringing these technological feats, both the relief map and Mont-Saint-Michel itself, to life for a new generation.

The museum is partnering with Microsoft, HoloForge, and Iconem to create “The Mont Saint-Michel: Digital perspectives on the model,” a HoloLens experience celebrating French culture and innovation. The goal of the exhibit is to use mixed reality technology in a way that empowers the Musée des Plans-Reliefs to unlock a more vital kind of storytelling.  ....  " 

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