1. VirtuaTyKing's Avatar


    Australian archaeologists now use drones and VR to showcase the Plain of Jars in a replica. With the help of virtual reality, they have created portals to a mystic world. Now everybody can put on headsets and excavate the mysterious stone jars in Laos.

    The Plain of Jars is over hundreds of square kilometers green area and hilly countryside. It is situated around the town of Phonsavan, Laos. The name of Plain Jars comes from the large stone jars spread in different directions. It has unknown roots, thats why its very attractive for archaeologists.

    Australian National University cooperates with Monash University to seek an area for testing their new technology called Cave2.It is a mapping technology. At the end of their research, theyve decided to settle on the Plain of Jars. They want Plain of Jars to be accepted as Unesco World Heritage site.

    With the help of Cave2, they recreate this area in virtual reality replicas. When drone goes up the camera, it makes 3D images at every 10 cm(3.93in.) The data creates a digital mould of all these images.



    The headset users can simply appear there when they put on headsets. They can walk around and see this site as if theyre there, in one of his speeches said Dr. Dougald OReilly, the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology. So when the user moves the images change and by replacing one another they create an 360-degree effect.

    This type of technology can be useful in educational purpose to show the students the most interesting sites of the world without leaving the classrooms. One can shoot with the help of Cave2 museums, statues and a lot of interesting places to use it in education and not only.

    As the researchers claim, drones open up new possibilities,because they can reach places that no one can.

    Source: https://www.vrstatus.com/news/archae...r-studies.html
    LezCronut and iThunderbirt like this.
    10-20-2016 04:41 AM
  2. jsarino's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing this one! I could see VR having a number of use cases in archaeology.
    10-20-2016 10:04 AM
  3. LezCronut's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing this! I love this kind of news!
    10-20-2016 10:21 AM
  4. Vyrlokar's Avatar
    well, see, there are uses for VR beyond porn and games
    LezCronut likes this.
    10-20-2016 12:42 PM
  5. iThunderbirt's Avatar
    Nice!

    When word of VR was picking up steam a new, one thought that came to mind was being able to explore different parts of the world.

    Thanks to ideas such as this, it will become more possible.

    One exploring VR experience that comes to mind would be venturing through underground caves.

    Posted via the VRHeads App for Android
    10-20-2016 03:11 PM
  6. Firegold21's Avatar
    This is indeed cool and a very useful application of VR. I like hearing how this different method of visualizing supplements and enhances more traditional ways of doing it. Like the HoloLens example of discovering the girder being too long and other stories.

    I can't help but wonder what else might be in store.

    Posted via the VRHeads App for Android
    10-20-2016 06:20 PM
  7. LookArpTheStars's Avatar
    VR is also currently being used in the medicine field, eg to simulate surgeries in order for doctors to be more prepared in different kinds of situations. Really excited to see what kinds of other possibilities the tech might bring!
    jsarino likes this.
    10-21-2016 07:17 AM
  8. LezCronut's Avatar
    This type of VR experience (like this archaelogical thing) is best accompanied by some gadgets like power glove type gear such as the UnlimitedHand, Thalmic Labs Myo, and some chinese exoskeleton glove.
    Hand controller is simply not enough. Companies must be working on these interactive glove gears.
    iThunderbirt likes this.
    10-21-2016 12:20 PM
  9. prking0905's Avatar
    That's awesome!!! I love that people use technology to learn about the past!!!
    10-21-2016 12:23 PM
  10. Sim_8_3's Avatar
    That's great, I imagine we might see something like this for Egyptian archeology as well in the future.
    10-22-2016 01:41 AM
  11. Vyrlokar's Avatar
    Really, what's more important than full VR for on the field work is AR. AR would provide a specialized HUD and contextual help and indications, and that would be rock on toast. Imagine if the archeologist, when digging some site, could see where to dig and where to avoid digging based on the ultrasonic scans of the ground?
    VirtuaTyKing likes this.
    10-22-2016 09:42 AM
  12. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    One of the good point is the documentaries that will appear later, because the archeologist will have even a better tool to share in a more interactive way the information and everything, that's simply great.
    10-24-2016 12:36 AM
  13. iThunderbirt's Avatar
    One of the good point is the documentaries that will appear later, because the archeologist will have even a better tool to share in a more interactive way the information and everything, that's simply great.
    Agreed. Documentaries could be brought to a whole new level with VR.

    Posted via the VRHeads App for Android
    Chemy JMHT likes this.
    10-24-2016 02:37 PM
  14. scampinig's Avatar
    Can this be used for educational purposes?
    10-24-2016 04:40 PM
  15. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    Can this be used for educational purposes?
    Of course! it's being used for that already, in some VR stores (I mean the digital stores to buy softwares) you may find a lot of programs for educational purposes.

    VR is a really great tool, I think few companies are marketing that side of VR and instead of that the gaming side, and that's why it's not so popular among the whole world.
    10-24-2016 09:15 PM

Similar Threads

  1. Is VR anti-social?
    By ggendel in forum VR News & Discussion
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 10-31-2016, 02:06 AM
  2. How about a VR Developer sub forum?
    By pkcable in forum Site Feedback & Help
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-25-2016, 10:05 AM
  3. News: Facebook Plans to Release Social VR Application
    By VirtuaTyKing in forum VR News & Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-22-2016, 08:06 AM
  4. Advantages of daydream over gear vr
    By chamathcolombus in forum Daydream View
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-20-2016, 10:51 AM
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-19-2016, 09:25 PM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD