Thursday January 18, 2018

Mobile app recreates Kolkata’s history in real-time

0
//
107
Republish
Reprint

Kolkata: Heritage enthusiasts and tourists can now travel back in time to experience the grandeur of 19th century Kolkata through a unique mobile app that offers a glimpse of the city during the British Raj by a mere pointing of a smartphone at a monument.

Christened ‘Timescape: Kolkata’, the app incorporates more than 100 geographical points (such as National Library and Victoria Memorial Hall) and historic images of the city, going back into the past as well as depicting the landscape today.

It is essentially a blending of virtual reality and real life into what is technically known as augmented reality (AR), a hot digital trend through which users can imagine themselves in the 19th-century environment accompanied with audio and video.

The app is a collaborative effort between Kolkata’s Jadavpur University and University of Liverpool in UK in association with the British Library.

Many of the images used in the app are from British Library’s photographic archives and date back to the 1800s.

Speaking ahead of the app’s launch at the Victoria Memorial Hall (VMH) here on Saturday, its curator Jayanta Sengupta said: “If you point your smartphone camera at a particular location, the app recognises where you are in the city based on GPS location co-ordinates. The image on your screen will then be augmented by a corresponding 19th-century photograph.”

“It basically brings history to life and merges past with the present,” Sengupta told a news agency.

The VMH has also provided images and other data so that historic images of Kolkata can be embedded in an interactive map.

The team of developers includes Nandini Das, project lead from the University of Liverpool’s Department of English, Supriya Chaudhuri from Jadavpur University and John Falconer, lead curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the British Library.

Supported by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), the project aims to explore the critical role played by Indian cities in negotiating contact between India and the rest of the world.

(IANS)

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2015 NewsGram

Next Story

Confirmed: Kamal Haasan will Launch Mobile app on his 63rd Birthday, November 7

Actor Kamal Haasan confirms the launch of a mobile software app on November 7. Look what more he has to say.

0
//
40
Actor Kamal Haasan
Actor Kamal Haasan. wikimedia commons

CHENNAI: Confirming his political plunge, actor Kamal Haasan on Sunday said the first step will be the launch of a mobile software app on November 7 – his 63rd birthday – that will enable him to be in touch with the fans and as well as enable book-keeping.

At a function to mark the 39th anniversary of his fan/welfare club, he said his political plunge by starting a political party is confirmed.

Kamal Haasan said the political party launch will happen in a calm manner and the launch of the mobile app is the first step on November 7.

He said his fans would contribute funds for the political party and the mobile app will facilitate keeping proper accounts of funds collected.

According to him, there is no shame in stretching out one’s hands for the welfare of the people and if only the rich pay their taxes properly, the country would be on the right path.

Kamal said November 7 is a day not to cut a cake and celebrate but a day to cut canals, obliquely referring to the flooding of several localities in the city due to recent rains.

The actor added natural disasters do not differentiate between rich and poor and all should be ready to take preventive measures then acting after the loss of dear ones.

According to him, suppression has become part of politics and it is not important how many people are threatening you, but what is important is what you are going to do.

Kamal Haasan said he is ready to take a beating but he is not a “mridangam” (a percussion instrument) to get hit again and again.(IANS)

Next Story