This high end VR was prepared for the F.T.I. Technoland exhibition that took place in Ghent (Belgium) at 19-25 April 1999. Since the visitors of the exhibition appreciated this virtual walkthrough through 6 cities of Flanders, it will be shown on the permanent exhibition in Technopolis. Historical centers of 6 cities were reproduced: Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Brugge, Leuven, and Hasselt. Each of them is a real-time 3D experience with full immersion in the center of the old city: square and adjacent streets. You can slide through the streets with the aid of a joystick or keyboard, exploring the picturesque old buildings. All facades, sculptures, fountains are reproduced with high fidelity, with love to the national heritage. Though so many details in the scene, the movement is smooth due to unique performance: 25 frames per second on a PII-300 with accelerator card. For the exhibition these virtual experiences were organized in a way to give the user the feeling of being really in these cities they were shown on three 2.5x3 meters, screens (150) placed in front of the visitor. To provide the high correspondence of models to real cities more than 2000 digital photos have been made. They were converted into more than 5500 textures to cover polygonal models. The aerial photos were used to provide exactness of the building's lay-out. A team of 12 artists and modelers worked furiously to finish all six models in 1.5 months to be in time to present it in Gent.
Pearls of Flanders: Virtual Antwerpen
Flanders Technology International (F.T.I.), Brussels (Belgium)
19 April 1999

 

Pearls of Flanders: Virtual Brugge
Flanders Technology International (F.T.I.), Brussels (Belgium)
19 April 1999

 

Pearls of Flanders: Virtual Brussel
Flanders Technology International (F.T.I.), Brussels (Belgium)
19 April 1999

 

Pearls of Flanders: Virtual Hasselt
Flanders Technology International (F.T.I.), Brussels (Belgium)
19 April 1999

 

Pearls of Flanders: Virtual Gent
Flanders Technology International (F.T.I.), Brussels (Belgium)
19 April 1999

 

Pearls of Flanders: Virtual Leuven
Flanders Technology International (F.T.I.), Brussels (Belgium)
19 April 1999

 


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