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The UoE team spreading the VISTA word

The UoE team has been out and about, spreading the word about the VISTA project. Dr Pikakshi Manchanda delivered a presentation on ‘Analysing Visitor Experience at Cultural Heritage Sites using Digital Innovative Solutions’ at the closing event of CHRISTA Interreg Europe Project during the 12th International Conference for Cultural Tourism in Europe. The conference explored […]
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The Walk of Faith at Exeter Cathedral

Imagine being able to go to the top of the roof of Exeter Cathedral and daring yourself to walk along a plank to the edge and then step off into the unknown. This is exactly what the new Virtual Reality experience at the Cathedral will allow you to do. The intrepid visitor will be able […]
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Rouen 15 October 2019: The VISTA AR project confronts its research with the eco-system of tourism and heritage.

“T he premise that led to the establishment of Vista AR was the following: digital devices already exist at heritage sites but these solutions are often deployed with insufficient consideration of visitor expectations” says Jean- Baptiste Suquet, Associate Professor in the Department of People and Organisations of NEOMA BS, by way of an introduction. Therefore, Vista […]
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A first prototype of the VISTA AR augmented reality app for the Botallack mine (National Trust heritage site)

The first prototype of the augmented reality app of the mining landscape on the Tin Coast in Cornwall is now being deployed at Botallack mine. Uploaded onto tablets, the app is triggered by ‘scanning’ the stone model of the modern landscape, which can be found at the site. This stone model was created by a […]
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Exeter Cathedral West Front

The West Front Image Screen of Exeter Cathedral is one of the great architectural features of Medieval England. The screen is covered in a wealth of carving, dominated by three rows of statues in niches. At the bottom are angels appearing to support all the figures above. Most of the figures of the middle row […]
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Willingness to pay study at Exeter Cathedral July 2019

The team at the University of Exeter undertook a series of studies over the summer, one objective being understanding visitor Willingness-to-Pay (WtP) for AR/VR technologies at cultural heritage sites WtP is the maximum price a potential buyer is prepared to pay. Van Westendorp’s (1976) Price Sensitivity Meter (PSM) is used as an initial, exploratory step […]
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The different stages of 3D construction

Our team at EESAB in Brittany has been working hard on the 3D reconstruction of the Botallack mine, to be used in the forthcoming VR immersive experience at the National Trust site in Cornwall. Team members visited neighbouring mines in October last year to scan the shaft and tunnels. The accompanying photos show how they […]
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How Notre Dame can rise from the ashes

With the recent devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, the use of modern technologies to aid the reconstruction of historic buildings is very much in the news. Here at the VISTA AR project, we have a range of experts who know exactly how it can be done. Erwan Mahé who leads the DPN Lab […]
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The mining landscape comes to life

Our specialist stonemasons Maillard & Maillard have completed the stone 3D model of the Botallack mines’ landscape. This model will be installed onsite ready for the first tests with visitors later in June. People coming to the site will be able to use a tablet to visualise how the landscape would have looked at the […]
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