Friday, 25 January 2013

Rediscovering the lost city of Clonmacnoise

Located at the ancient cross roads  of Ireland, where the east-west running 'Eiscir Riada' meets the North-South River Shannon, Clonmacnoise can be claimed as Ireland first city. Established as a monastery by St Ciaran in the 7th century, a settlement grew up whicih reached its height between the 9th and 12th centuries, but was subsequent crushed by Cromwellian forces in the 16th century.

RealSIM have created a 3D animation recreating this lost city, and have since created a a GPS guided historical environment app which has been launched on the app store.

Gavin Duffy will discuss the challenges and lessons learnt during the project including:
  • Reconstructing an environmet with minimal archaeological evidence
  • the process of compiling a content and process heavy environment onto a small computing device
  • the user design process
  • The commercial viability of this type of app

 Click for the full abstract.

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