Have you ever wondered what a certain place looked like in times long gone? It is now possible to time travel with the help of the app Timelooper. Its’ creators are using VR in combination with a mobile VR headset (not required) to transport you to past versions of sites like Trafalgar Square or the Tower in London. Showcased are the Great Fire of London in the 17th century and a bombing scene in WW2. There are also more scenes planned to go live next month, located for example in New York’s Times Square or the Rockefeller Center. While the display starts out as a 360 degree video from todays time, it is shorty after overlaid with reenacted images staging past times (or future scenarios) and enhanced with visual effects. We believe this is a great method to enhance the experiences of people traveling with historical interest as a motive – a type of travel edutainment. It does not spoil the experience because people have to actually travel to a city to unlock the videos, due to it’s destination-based unlocking approach.
Time travel with the help of Timelooper
Student at University of Applied Sciences Salzburg
Philipp has shown strong interest in new technologies since teenage years. After gaining work experience across different industries, he focused on the tourism sector. He finished his bachelor thesis at the UoAS Salzburg about Virtual Reality in Destination Promotion.