The contents of this post aren’t exactly new, novel, nor really AR related. If anything, it’s more VR, and even then, we might be stretching it.
I share this because, in my opinion, it is very cool.
Last year, I was fortunate enough to visit Ireland once again. This time around, as I was staying in County Ennis, I made sure to see the Cliffs of Moher.
It is a place of breathtaking beauty that nature saw fit to share with the Irish. I hope that the following picture captures some of the essence of what I saw.
However, this post isn’t about the Cliffs themselves, but their visitor’s center.
The Visitor Center of the Cliffs of Moher strives to show not only the geological processes that brought about the cliffs, but it also highlights some of the legends associated with the Cliff, its history, how precarious the entire ecosystem is and how global warming, if unchecked, will lead Ireland back into another Ice Age.
And they did all of this using multi-touch projection tables, and CAVE-like environments. In all, the Visitor’s center executed brilliantly how technology can complement storytelling and serve a greater function than just looking cool for the sake of looking cool.
To give you a taste of what I saw, I was able to record the CAVE-like setup as it was showing a video of a seagull flying around the cliffs. When I was there, I felt I was immersed in the scene, even though there was no head tracking and, at times, I could see my own shadow. Still, I hope you will enjoy this video as much as I did: