Amazing VR App Lets You Visit 16th Century Edinburgh

Scientists from the University of St Andrews in the UK have developed a new virtual reality app that enables users to see Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh as it may have been in the 16th century. And visitors explore the city, Edinburgh castle and its surrounding landscape.

By Using your mobile phone and a VR headset, you can become virtual time-travellers and immerse yourself in historic scenes, stereoscopic video and 360 degree images.
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‘Virtual Time Binoculars: Edinburgh 1544′ provides a unique window into the capital around the time of the birth of Mary, Queen of Scots. Visitors will experience the digital reconstruction through a virtual reality app that hosts a range of virtual reality headset usage, as well as a web resource.

“It is really amazing  how the cityscape is both familiar and different from the city today. Instead of the new town there stands a great loch yet the castle stands guard over the city much as it does now,” said Sarah Kennedy, Digital Designer of the University of St Andrews’s spinout company Smart History.

“We intend for it to be the first of many Virtual Time Binocular apps with depictions of St Andrews and Perth already in the pipeline,” said Alan Miller, Director of Smart History. “We have had interest from across Europe and Latin America, so we expect our Virtual Time travel platform to go global,” said Miller.

User can become a virtual time travellers as they are immersed in historical scenes,steroscopic video and 360 degree using their mobile phones and VR headsets, and also Visitors will be able to explore present day St Giles’ Kirk and the Grassmarket as they learn more about their 16th century equivalents in parallel.

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