#NewPalmyra Community Story
During the Syrian conflict, the magnificent archaeological monuments of Palmyra, an important historical and cultural site for the people of Syria, have been damaged or destroyed. In an effort to reconstruct what has been destroyed and conserve what is left, the volunteers of the #NewPalmyra project are rebuilding this city’s history in an online database by using crowdsourced photos to help construct 3D models of Palmyra’s monuments.
VizworX is a community minded company and this project gave VizworX the opportunity to use leading edge technology to support a meaningful cause. Our technology allows the public to experience magnificent architecture despite the demise of the physical structures. Our willingness to work on research and development projects allows us to create in new domains and our clients to test out new technologies in a safe and supportive environment.
Due to VizworX’s previous work in augmented reality, it seemed like a natural fit to create a HoloLens application for the models. Clients would access and interact with the content by downloading the application on the Microsoft store. With the models complete, VizworX set to work creating an app with robust functionality, including:
- Manipulate the map view, obtaining a high-level overview of historic sites in Palmyra
- Zoom in and out, viewing models at 1:1 or 1:20 scale levels
- Access detailed descriptions of each monument
People who were unable to go visit the magnificent archaeological monuments of Palmyra before they were destroyed are now able to do so in augmented reality. Users are able to get a sense of scale and imagine themselves being there. The technology virtually allows people visit distant landmarks without even leaving the comforts of home.
Be sure to visit #NEWPALMYRA at http://www.newpalmyra.org/ to learn more about the initiative.