The Potential of Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Humanities Research

November 27 |
15:00 bis 18:00
Turhan Gezer, Florian Kräutli
Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, großer Konferenzsaal

MPIWG, Main Conference Room


15:10 Presentation of case studies in the scientific community
15:15 Introduction (VR Business Club and MPIWG)
15:30 Presentation & Talk (Sebastian Plesch, HTW Berlin)
16:00 Presentation & Talk (Adrian Azadvaten, Charioth VR): “Herausforderungen bei der Erstellung von VR Inhalten über geschichtliche Ereignisse”
16:30 Testing in Hand-On Area
17:30 Presentation (Carl White, Founder VR Meetups Berlin): “VR/AR Hotspots in Germany, in China and in Silicon Valley”


VIRTUAL REALITY DEMOS - HTW Berlin - archaeo:vr / iresafety:vr
archaeo:vr is a Virtual Reality Toolkit for interacting with high-resolution 3D-scan data for landscape archaeology. The data is based on satellite imagery, drone flyovers, laser scans, photogrammetry and radar data, which are made perceptible in an integrated model by intuitive and explorative interaction techniques.
firesafety:vr is a Virtual Reality training application in which a real fire extinguisher is equipped with sensors and subsequently used as a controller in a virtual fire simulation.

VIRTUAL REALITY DEMO - The ChariotVR is a serious games approach where the user can playfully discover the invention of the first chariot in history. Only the development of the spoke wheel made the invention of the chariot possible which we know from famous chariot races of Rome and battles during the dynasty of Ramses the second. But the invention of the chariot happened somewhere else to be specific in the Eurasian Steppes through different iranian tribes and their migration to the middle east. Therefore, it is necessary for the player to solve various puzzles and riddles around the chariot to understand its origin. In chariotVR, the player retrospectively engages in the history of mankind, must understand these in interrelationships and apply them to new areas. Only then the player can unlock and reveal news paths of knowledge and enlightenment.

MIXED REALITY DEMO - The Startup Meshicon works on solutions for the new requirements of the industry 4.0 in mechanical engineering and production by developing and implementing software for the Microsoft HoloLens. As a holographic interface, their modular and scalable system is intended to simplify the visualization of machine data, commissioning and maintenance of machines as well as the communication of engineers via the Internet. The core of the development includes cloud-based software, which improves automation, integrates hand and voice recognition, facilitates machine calibration and enables secure interactions between man and machine.


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