Dr Li Jin, Senior Lecturer in Creative Computing, set up a research partnership and network with the Alexandra Palace Trust to inspire their visitors by providing a new, mixed media and creative technological approach to spread its story to wider audiences. The showcasing table included Google Arts & Culture, Microsoft Hololens AR and EEVO ‘Television’s Hidden Home’.
Westminster Computer Science students were encouraged to explore digital solutions with emerging creative technology, including Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality in their final year projects. These piloting projects developed hands-on demonstrations of prototypes featured in the festival. The invited students were final year BSc Computer Science students Emre Irmak, Zaid Esmail, Petros De Doncker, and PhD student Dhuha Al-Shaikhli.
The hands-on demonstration prototypes that were created exploited the immersiveness of VR/AR. These included ‘Step Back in Time’, a mobile VR-based interactive tour app of historic BBC studios that takes visitors back to 1930, and ‘Digital 3D Popping up’, a mobile interactive AR application showcasing in 3D historical equipment kept at BBC 1935 studio at Alexandra Palace.