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Experiencing urban film and cultural heritage while on-the move

Experiencing urban film and cultural heritage while on-the move

Objective

Accessing film content on the move

Many people’s first encounter with a foreign city is in the cinema. Imagine if images from the silver screen could be conjured up anew when they do visit.

A device being developed by the CINeSPACE project will give tourists, citizens and film professionals a whole new perspective when visiting a city, offering them film snippets, location-based information and interactive multimedia content to bring a little movie magic to their holidays, collective memories or even to their work.

Cities, meanwhile, will have a new means of promoting their attractions, history and cultural heritage, and possible film locations.

Reality, augmented by films

The device, which has been tested in preliminary trials in Venice in Italy, San Sebastián in Spain and Glasgow in Scotland, looks like a pair of binoculars with a small portable computer, camera and earphones attached. It uses a hybrid tracking system to provide location-based information, and the wireless network of the cities to download and share multimedia content.

As CINeSPACE’s users travel around a city, the device will provide them with film and cultural information when they look through the binoculars – generating an augmented reality experience.

For example, they could gaze through the viewfinder at Saint Mark’s Square in Venice and see snippets from movies in which the Venice landmark featured. They could look at the Lighthouse building in Glasgow and see photographs taken at the same location in the 1950s, or at the Town Hall in San Sebastián and see what films had been shot around it.

Make your own movies

One feature of the system is the ability for users to make their own movies, pictures and audio recordings, and share them with others. Using the device’s small, built-in video camera they can record snippets of what they see as they roam around the city and upload these to the network where they are made available to other users.

Though CINeSPACE is geared toward providing film-related multimedia content, the technology it employs could be used for providing a wide array of location-based services and information in many different scenarios.

Trials in Glasgow, Venice and San Sebastián

In the Glasgow trial, for example, the system has been used with local citizens so they can share stories and information about the collective memory of their home town.

In San Sebastián, the device was used for film professionals to scout potential shooting locations, letting them access historical and logistical information. The scouts could, for example, see in advance what a certain area looked like a century ago or how a building appeared before it was renovated.

In Venice, the device was tested with film tourists interested in the city’s cinematographic history and in reviewing multimedia content associated with famous Venetian set locations.

Besides providing visitors with a more enriched and immersed experience, the CINeSPACE partners expect their system to spur the production of mobile content and to create new advertising-driven business models for network providers.

Coordinator Contact

Elisabeth Jorge (Ms)

Coordinator

FOMENTO DE SAN SEBASTIAN SA

Address

Calle Camino 2
20004 San Sebastian

Spain

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 268 816

Administrative Contact

ELISABETH JORGE (MS)

Participants (8)

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FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 439 479

TRIVISIO PROTOTYPING GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 324 459

ASOCIACION CENTRO DE TECNOLOGIAS DE INTERACCION VISUAL Y COMUNICACIONES-VICOMTECH

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 262 050

TRABAJOS CATASTRALES , S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 68 144

COMUNE DI VENEZIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 60 000

VENEZIA INFORMATICA E SISTEMI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 61 360

THE LIGHTHOUSE TRUST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 262 000

SCOTTISH SCREEN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 123 692

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 034990

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2006

  • End date

    30 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 156 064

  • EU contribution

    € 1 870 000

Coordinated by:

FOMENTO DE SAN SEBASTIAN SA

Spain