Local history gets hi-tech treatment
A NEW world-first tourism project has been launched in the Derwent Valley that brings historic experiences to life on your phone as you walk around the real world.
The Tasmanian Stories Augment Experiences project has created a number of realistic 3D objects allowing people to step back in time and experience a wide range of emotions.
Along with the Derwent Valley, the project has been funded by the Brighton, Clar- ence City and Southern Midlands councils and the Department of State Growth.
In New Norfolk there will be a historic film experience around Willow Court as well as at the Esplanade, created and designed by Richmond-based Handbuilt Creative’s David Shering.
Derwent Valley Mayor Ben Shaw said the initiative was a great way of using modern technology to respect an important part of the region’s history.
“It’s fantastic and something that we can build on by using modern technology to meet our history,” he said. “It also has the potential to attract tech-savvy individuals, including the younger generation, to show an interest in our past.”
Brighton tourists and locals can walk around eight full sized Army tents, watch a biplane fly around in the sky or take cover as 1914 light horsemen ride by.
In Richmond people will spy a full-sized windmill from the early 1800s on the Village Green.
“The beauty of AR is it gives you the chance to explore things that are not easily poss- ible in the real world,” Mr Shering said.
“Our goal is to create the most photorealistic AR experiences possible so the world’s spotlight is focused on our island.”
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said it was a wonderful way of bringing history back to life at a site where most of the physical remnants were gone.
“It has almost no impact on a place and allows people of all ages and interests to engage with the layers of history in our communities and the rich stories that are often missed,” he said.