The first project that made use of the system is Conversations@the Studio, which presents an innovative mixed-reality narrative model of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Decorative Arts Collection, within a uniquely designed Intelligent Interactive Information Environment. It takes the natural navigation of a real world situation – a contemporary glass studio – as its point of departure, using this as a framework for organising a set of narrative formations that further elaborate the thematics of the collection. By visualising a 360-degree global video recording made with the LADYBUG camera and made on location at the glass studio, it provides the immersive experience of an actual visit to the Studio, giving full interactive freedom to the viewer’s gaze.
Another cultural application that has been implemented using this system is PLACE-Hampi, currently on exhibition at Lille3000, Lille, France. This is a landmark Virtual Heritage installation that sets new standards for both an academic and popular appreciation of World Heritage monuments. The ROUNDSHOT camera system was used to record high-resolution stereo panoramic images of the Hampi archaeological site in India, which were then augmented with stereo animation of Hindu Gods according to local mythology. A large immersive and interactive projection environment was created that allows the general public to explore and experience these representations.
Spherecam has also been used in a major cultural project in New York being undertaken with the internationally renowned theatre company The Wooster Group (www.thewoostergroup.org). Financed and produced by Rensselaer Polytechnic University (http://empac.rpi.edu/), this major interactive installation will premier at the ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2007 and will then be shown in Berlin and Sydney, as well as other international festival venues.