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Published on : Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The thought behind the concept is that certain destinations of Paris would appear in front of its visitors in its magical yesteryear avatar, and this is made possible thanks to the technology of VR or virtual reality.
Earlier this week, Timescope had revealed its latest product that offers ‘self-service virtual reality services’, transporting viewers to a different time or place.
In this scenario, one can just peer inside the device. It is actually located close to Pont d’ Arcole bridge that connects Paris’s Ile de la Cité with the historic Marais district and gain a 360-view of the banks of the River Seine in the year 1628.
One would be capable of enjoying the views of the cargo barges and fishing trawlers that used to crowd the busy river once upon a time.
If the telescope is pointed in a different direction, the 17th century architecture can be observed as well as the streets that are built for carriages instead of Citroëns. In developing the 360-degree video, the team of Timescope had consulted with historians with an aim to make the experience as authentic as possible.
Tourists would love the concept of listening to the street sounds of merchants and also the river birds as they view it.
An element of augmented reality (AR) has also been added to increase its uniqueness. Overlaid texts indicate the important landmarks like Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) that had been completed during the reign of Louis XIII during 1628.
Basile Segalen and Adrien Sadaka who are childhood friends have conceptualized this special idea for Timescope on a trip to Pompeii.
They had visited the Ancient Roman city that was destroyed in a volcanic eruption in 79 AD for a ‘time travel experience’.
But then, they were disappointed to find crowds of tourists and modern development in that part of the world instead of the ethnic yesteryear charm. This very fact had motivated the friends to come up with an immersive experience that would offer a complete historical world to the tourists that have been swiftly replaced by busiest traffic intersections and high-rises.
The machine that have been established close to the Pont d’ Arcole is the third one Timescope has installed around Paris.
The first was located in Bastille in the center of Paris and it permits travellers to catch sight of the famous fort as it was exactly in the year 1416 and 1798 and costs €2 per view.