It's been awfully quiet around here for a few years so I thought I'd share what's been going on.
In 2016 I co-founded Disir Productions www.disirproductions.se/ with a very interesting group of people in the world of archaeology. John Ljungkvist is one of the leading experts in Swedish Iron Age research and is arguably the key person in the efforts to figuring out the riddle of prehistoric Gamla Uppsala. Daniel Löwenborg is a renown GIS-guru and a world-class 3D-scan technician using cameras and drones, and Helena Hulth comes from field archaeology, has extensive business experience, and is our CEO.
We've joined forces for the purpose of visualizing history. One of our first projects was an app for iOS called Augmented History - Gamla Uppsala, developed as a collaboration with another Uppsala startup, Upcraft Productions. The app uses the GPS and gyro of the device to locate and position the user in a virtual version of the place they are in. The result is that the screen becomes a window into the past. Our first prototype was set in Gamla Uppsala and the user could walk around the palace complex and the burial mounds of the Vendel era.
The project got picked up by Region Uppsala who wanted to visualize five tourism sites around the region - Uppsala cathedral, Öregrund, Vik castle, Skokloster castle, and Lövsta bruk ironworks. The app is Visir Uplandia and the first two sites are launched so far; Uppsala cathedral year 1509 and Öregrund year 1626.
If you are not on-site the app has a joystick mode which is accessed by going to the map and choosing 'play offsite' on one of the locations.
Android - https://bit.ly/2JcHWhD
iOS - https://apple.co/2sxJRpY
Parallel to developing these apps we have experimented with VR applications and in April we launched Uppsala VR at Gamla Uppsala museum. It is based on the latest findings from the exciting research projects around the site.
It is a station where you put on an Oculus Rift mask and explore the site outside of the museum virtually as it may have looked 1,400 years ago. The VR station is a permanent exhibit on the top floor of the museum and is one of a kind right now in Sweden, so please go and check it out if you are ever in Uppsala!
So that's a bit about what's been going on over here. I would love to hear any comments or feedback if you've been to the museum or tried the app!