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5G Smart Tourism Trial at the Roman Baths

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 19 Feb 2019
  • Last modified 28 Mar 2019
Working with our project partners in the 5G Smart Tourism project, we successfully completed the first public trial of our AR application at the Roman Baths, Bath, on the evenings of 10th and 17th December 2018. Over 100 visitors experienced reconstructions of the Baths at key moments in history, on a mobile AR app. High-quality 360 video was streamed over the project’s network, that included the first UK deployment of a 60GHz mesh network.

Posted by Graham Thomas, James Gibson, Todd Burlington, Bruce Weir on 19 Feb 2019 | BBC R&D Blog 

Following final testing of the network by our partners at the University of Bristol and CCS, we installed the latest version of our AR app onto 20 Samsung S8 phones and charged them ready for the arrival of the first set of visitors. 

As visitors arrived, they were briefed about the event and given a handset to use. As they walked around, they stopped at each of the three locations that had a ‘trigger image’ for a particular time period, and used this to launch the experience.

Roman Baths

After months of testing in the lab, it was great to see the historical reconstructions ‘in situ’, standing at the actual position that matched the viewpoint into the 3D modelled scene. The high accuracy with which Aardman had modelled the Baths made it easy to relate what the app showed to what was directly visible.

Read blog in full here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2019-02-5g-mobile-augmented-reality-bath 

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