The TravelAR Slovenia application is up and running and had its unofficial launch mid-November during the Day of Innovation organized by the Incubator of Kočevje.
The TravelAR Slovenia tourism app Is an exciting, interactive Augmented Reality experience for visitors of the towns of Kočevje and Črnomelj who would like to discover the local tourist attractions and learn more about its cultural heritage. The app gives users historical and touristic information in a playful way in the form of dynamic AR narratives and 3d reconstructions on designated locations in both towns.
Spring 2018 the TravelAR Slovenia app will officially be launched in Kočevje. Two locations in the town centre will function as platforms to trigger this AR experience.
Also in the center of Črnomelj a location will be prepared (spring 2018) which will serve as a marker for an Augmented Reality experience featuring a reconstruction of the old town center as it was in the 17th century with a captivating narrative and interactivity. In Črnomelj the app will also include an AR tour of the town with pictures and a compelling story highlighting the events taking place there during the Second World War.
Although the TravelAR Slovenia app is intended to be an on location experience we also enable anyone who is interested to try it from the comfort of their own home. Feel free to download the application TravelAR Slovenia from the Google Play Store here or Apple App Store here, go to our dedicated webpage here to print the markers, follow the instructions and launch the experience.
It goes without saying that the scale of the content from the printed marker differs from the on location marker in Kočevje.
More locations supporting the TravelAR Slovenia app are currently being developed, and will be deployed in the coming years.
It’s not often you get to make a 3d reconstruction of a centuries-old coat of arms which is part of one of Slovenia’s most beautiful castles. So when the opportunity arose (with thanks to the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia), we took it with both hands. The 500-year-old stone coat of arms is fixed on a wall of one of the oldest wings of the Gewerkenegg Castle in the mining town of Idrija (which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list). The castle was built in the first half of the 16th century. Although the coat of arms can not be dated with any certainty, historians and experts alike agree that it dates from the same period as the castle, around 1530.
What made this project particularly challenging was the fact that there wasn’t any recent source material available. The only thing we had, which still showed the coat of arms in a decrepit state, was a photo taken over 100 years ago. Especially in the last century gradual deterioration took its toll on the material, leading to the loss of many details.
With only a century-old picture to work with in combination with experts’ advice on heraldic designs from the early 16th century we managed to meticulously reconstruct it. Currently a life-size 3d printed model of the reconstructed coat of arms is on display in the Idrija museum.
Check out the time-lapse video of the reconstruction below
In November 2012 the permanent exhibition "i emona" by the Ljubljana City Museum opened, featuring digital reconstructions of the ancient roman city of Emona, along with the in-situ archeological finds of the Roman remains. The project of setting up the exhibition within an area undergoing park renovation and underground garage construction, brought the city of Ljubljana the Gubbio Award, given by the Italian Association of Historic and Artistic Centers - A.N.C.S.A. for successful attempt of integration of cultural heritage with the needs of a modern city.
The Roman Sidewalk exhibit
shows historical reconstructions of 1st century A.D. Roman clothing and accessories.
Colonia Iulia Emona Short 3D animated historical reconstruction of 1st century A.D. Roman town architecture and surrounding, based on archeological evidence and findings.
3d model reconstruction of 1st century A.D. Emona placed in location of today's Ljubljana and surrounding topography, based on archeological evidence and findings.
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