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There-Reality, Seeing the Past

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Broadcast Date: Thursday 26 July 2007
Summary: "There-Reality" uses computer technology to re-create conditions as they would be if you were at the scene.

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View a fifteen thousand year old cave painting under electric light, and it looks rather flat, even dull. View it under a simulation of candlelight made from animal fats as our ancestors might have done, and the scene springs to life,  not only three dimensional, but appearing to move.

This is the concept behind “There-Reality” and at the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group, Professor Alan Chalmers is leading a team of researchers who are using the latest 3D technology combined with historical evidence, to explore how people in earlier centuries perceived and designed not only cave paintings, but churches, palaces and temples, and the impact they would have had on the public at the time.

There Reality uses computer technology to re-create the conditions that you would get if you were standing in the real scene. To begin with they are studying how the light conditions affect our perception of say a mosaic and have simulated different kinds of candle light to show how that would alter our impression of the scene.

The idea is not only to re-create the look of the scene as it was viewed in the past, but, in future, to re-create the sounds and smells as well.

While this has applications for exhibitions and museums, creating ever more realistic virtual re-constructions, the team see many other future uses for the technology, from design and architecture through to crime scene reconstructions, using this technology as a tool to explore different situations in a safe controlled manner.

So as “There Reality” develops it will not just be helping to understand the past, but can be used to test future environments before they are even built.

Images:
Cave paintings under different lighting
exts Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick
Ints Warwick Digital Laboratory
Researchers at HDR screens
Mosaic on laptop
Changing light conditions on Mosaic
Interview Alan Chalmers, Professor of Visualisation, University of Warwick
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Page contact: Kelly Newton Last revised: Fri 27 Jul 2007
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