Wargaming uses VR tech in new museum experience


    Fans of World War II vehicles can now virtually explore a British C-class destroyer and a German Sturmtiger tank.


    Wargaming has launched two new VR museum experiences on on Google Arts & Culture, at the start of London Tech Week.

    In the first one, visitors have the opportunity to explore the HMS Cavalier, one of the last British Royal Navy C-class WWII destoryers. The project is a collaboration between Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Ballista Media. The presentation is guided by Historian and TV presenter Dan Snow, and the Wargaming military adviser Richard Cutland.

    During the “mixed reality” experience, visitors have also the opportunity to explore off-limits areas like the engine room. The tour includes also the flight of a VR-drone over the ship while HMS Cavalier veteran Barry Knell explains the machinisms behind the ship’s board cannons.

    “The 360 VR project on HMS Cavalier is a natural next step in our mission to bring naval heritage alive for global audiences using new media,” said Tracy Spaight, Director of Wargaming special project division. “Through the use of VR 360 video on the Google Arts & Culture platform, we can take our audience places that not even on-site visitors can go. Exploring the ship in this way leads to a deeper appreciation for the speed and power of these vessels – and the courage of those who served on them.”

    The second presentation is located in the also UK-based Tank Museum Bovington and invites the visitors to examine the prominent German Sturmtiger tank.

    The Sturmtiger is a exceedingly rare tank, only a few were built during the war. Due to its weaponary, which is specially designed to destroy bunkers, it’s one of the most exraordinary vehicles in the history of tanks.

    Visitors can explore the tank thanks to new AR technology via the Google Tango and the Microsoft Hololens. They can view the virtual vehicle from all angles, dismantle it and experience the firing of its weaponery in slow motion with audio sound.

    Unlike other AR technologies, both the Tango and the Hololens don’t rely on GPS tracking. Instead, they create a virtual map of the room, which allows them to present the tank in original size directly next to the visitors. Thanks to this tech, the virtual Sturmtiger is the sixth Tiger in the museum’s impressivee collection.





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