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Initial User-Centered Design of a Virtual Reality Heritage System: Applications for Digital Tourism

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Department of Geography, Faculty of Sciences, Geomatics Unit University of Liège, 4000 Liège, Belgium
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Visual Computing Institute, RWTH Aachen University, 52062 Aachen, Germany
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Remote Sens. 2020, 12(16), 2583; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rs12162583
Received: 3 July 2020 / Revised: 30 July 2020 / Accepted: 6 August 2020 / Published: 11 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 3D Virtual Reconstruction for Cultural Heritage)
Reality capture allows for the reconstruction, with a high accuracy, of the physical reality of cultural heritage sites. Obtained 3D models are often used for various applications such as promotional content creation, virtual tours, and immersive experiences. In this paper, we study new ways to interact with these high-quality 3D reconstructions in a real-world scenario. We propose a user-centric product design to create a virtual reality (VR) application specifically intended for multi-modal purposes. It is applied to the castle of Jehay (Belgium), which is under renovation, to permit multi-user digital immersive experiences. The article proposes a high-level view of multi-disciplinary processes, from a needs analysis to the 3D reality capture workflow and the creation of a VR environment incorporated into an immersive application. We provide several relevant VR parameters for the scene optimization, the locomotion system, and the multi-user environment definition that were tested in a heritage tourism context. View Full-Text
Keywords: point clouds; virtual reality; 3D modeling; laser scanning; photogrammetry; reality capture; 3D reconstruction; cultural heritage; heritage information system point clouds; virtual reality; 3D modeling; laser scanning; photogrammetry; reality capture; 3D reconstruction; cultural heritage; heritage information system
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Poux, F.; Valembois, Q.; Mattes, C.; Kobbelt, L.; Billen, R. Initial User-Centered Design of a Virtual Reality Heritage System: Applications for Digital Tourism. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 2583. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rs12162583

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Poux F, Valembois Q, Mattes C, Kobbelt L, Billen R. Initial User-Centered Design of a Virtual Reality Heritage System: Applications for Digital Tourism. Remote Sensing. 2020; 12(16):2583. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rs12162583

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Poux, Florent, Quentin Valembois, Christian Mattes, Leif Kobbelt, and Roland Billen. 2020. "Initial User-Centered Design of a Virtual Reality Heritage System: Applications for Digital Tourism" Remote Sensing 12, no. 16: 2583. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rs12162583

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