From video games to flight simulators. From the treatment and diagnosis of diseases to education: Virtual reality is already a technology present in so many everyday areas that it is impossible to list them all. On Monday, the Madrid-based company Sputnik 7 presented a program to tour monuments without leaving home.
The Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer, located in the center of Madrid, will be the first in Spain that can be visited virtually. On Monday, a group of technicians with a laser scanner system with an accuracy of 0.4 millimeters, captured the interior measurements of the temple.
The building dates from 1880 and was designed by the architect Juan Madrazo, who studied in France in the mid-19th century and was a great expert in restoration of medieval buildings, although his disciples Enrique Repullés and Juan Cabrera were built. “It is in Madrid’s neo-Gothic style, that is, it is a style of Madrid and, although it is mainly Gothic, it takes some elements of Romanesque and other styles such as arches,” explains Carlos López Lozano, the Anglican Bishop of Madrid. The interior of the temple is modest, of small dimensions compared to the rest of Spanish cathedrals and on the right wall there is an artisan organ created by Juan Francisco Sánchez.
The shots of the exteriors of the cathedral have been made with drones.
“We take hundreds of photographs in high definition and then join the images to create full 3D representations of the buildings, which means creating a totally immersive reality for any visitor in the world,” says Karsten Becker, CEO of Sputnik7 . “It not only serves a user who is on the other side of the world, but also for people with mobility problems or the elderly,” he adds.
The virtual tour can be created within a few days. In addition, having knowledge of the exact dimensions of the monuments would allow that in the case of catastrophes such as the fire of the Notre Dame Cathedral On April 15, the reconstruction work could be done exactly.
The company claims to be in talks with the Government and with several sponsors so that the Alhambra in Granada , the Altamira cave or any of the 47 monuments declared World Heritage of Spain can be seen in 3D with virtual reality glasses.
Source: El Pais