Thursday, June 24, 2004

Victoria Regina

Mention "VR" to anyone ten years ago and what would they respond? . . . "Queen Victoria" of course. VR was the prominent motif on millions of Royal Mail postboxes from Scotland to Singapore . . and often still is. I've seen them myself in Malta and the West Indies. And you also find inscriptions "VRI"; = Victoria Regina Imperatrix.
Virtual Reality, the new VR, is made slightly more accessible . . even on older basic PCs . . as demonstrated this week on the Extreme Archaeology website. I can't see the Association for Roman Archaeology adopting this technology immediately for it's presentations but do have a look at the Parallelgraphics VR Viewer adopted by Channel 4.
I think the Google image finder is likely to be the most handy tool for ARA illustrations for a while? But Libitina's database might outpace Google soon? Straightforward panoramic photography can work well on websites too (e.g.just scroll 360 degrees left or right). I'd appreciate some good URL examples of that.
Q. who was the famous Victorian novelist who invented the VR "pillar-box", which started the Empire-wide networking revolution . . and also thereby hastened the emancipation of women? . . and why?

2 Comments:

At 24 June 2004 at 08:22, Blogger modusoperandi said...

Don't miss this VR . . . http://www.museumarabesk.nl/

 
At 25 June 2004 at 07:11, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've not really got into blogging like you - as yet, but good to see more of the historic environment/issues available on the web. The technology available is incredible when you think back 10 to 20 years, it's difficult to imagine what may be available 10 to 20 years into the future.
Below is an example of a virtual tour including 360 degree images, I did see another very good one, I think of a cathedral somewhere, where you could look up at the ceiling as well as all round but I didn't bookmark it and now I can't remember where it was.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/stonehenge

(from -d. at Aberhonddu)

 

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