The VR experience “Dry Visit - Virtual Underwater Visit” is ready to be downloaded for free on the Steam Store (https://bit.ly/2M3QHgP).
The “Dry Visit” is compatible with the HTC Vive headset and other HMD, and it allows to explore two submerged archaeological sites: the site of the ancient Baiae (Pozzuoli, Napoli) and the one of Xlendi (Gozo, Malta).
In the first case, the user interacts directly with the virtual underwater environment, diving into the archaeological remains of the “Villa with a protiro entrance”, belonging to the huge Submerged Archaeological Park of Baia. He will be able to gain multimedia information about the artefacts, the flora and fauna of the area, and also to activate a “time machine”, capable to bring him back in time to the golden era of the Roman villa. The user will be free to discover the environments into the 3D hypothetical reconstruction of the villa.
There’s more: some short 360° video will drop the user right into the historical narration, giving him the possibility to hear and watch the interactions between characters who, once, should have been living in Baia.
Finally, in the Start screen, some in-depht videos will be always available, showing further information about the two Submerged Archaeological sites.
The iMARECULTURE project (http://www.imareculture.eu) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727153.
The permission to publish data (3D model of the site, 3D findings and photos/videos) has been granted by the Ministero per i Beni e le attività Culturali e per il Turismo (MIBACT) - Istituto Centrale per il Restauro (ISCR). The 3D reconstruction of the seabed has been produced by NAUMACOS. The hypothetical 3D reconstruction has been produced by 3D Research S.r.l. and Ministero per i Beni e le attività Culturali e per il Turismo (MIBACT) - Istituto Centrale per il Restauro (ISCR). A special thanks to Parco Archeologico Campi Flegrei. A special thanks to Barbara Davidde Petriaggi and Roberto Petriaggi. Software developed by 3D Research S.r.l.