BBC develops AR app for new Civilisations series

BBC R&D has launched the Civilisations Augmented Reality app, which was created with digital agency Nexus Studios.

The BBC R&D team has collaborated with over 200 organisations around the country to 3D scan the artifacts featured in the app which is packed full of fascinating objects that are being brought to life including Rodin's The Kiss from the National Musem of Wales Cardiff, The Torquay Mummy from the Torquay Museum and Madonna & Child from the National Museum of Scotland.

The app, will be available for iOS and Android from the beginning of the new series and the exhibition will update with new artefacts each week of the show, with new pieces that highlight the themes being explored in the series each week.

BBC R&D is also making a range of in-house and third party digital tools available to Civilisations Festival partners to help them find new ways of telling stories.

Cultural organisations can also use a 360 video tool being made available by BBC R&D called EEVO to immerse people in their collections.

Within a 360 environment, audiences can use hotspots, branching narrative, and 3D audio features, to explore a collection however they choose to. In addition, a visual storytelling tool, Canvas, has been made available for arts organisations to help them tell stories in a visually compelling way.

BBC Director General Tony Hall said of the 'landmark' series presented by historians Mary Beard, Simon Schama and David Olusoga: “We want to leave a powerful legacy of lifelong cultural enrichment and bring a whole new generation of people together through the arts in a way that only the BBC can.”

DTG Staff  |  07.02.2018

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