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Professor Tom Rodden confirmed that castle staff found US tourists had a big problem because they expect to see a complete castle.
In addition to presenting a 3D model of the castle, the handhelds incorporate both GPS and accelerometer devices so that the virtual tour can identify precisely where the visitors are and in what direction they are moving.
The development of the interactive handheld system is part of the Equator project, a six-year Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) supported by EPSRC, which aims to help people interact with their physical environment using digital technology.
One team of researchers involved in the project has already built applications so that youngsters can interact with the places they visit on school trips. Another is working towards a pan-European pervasive gaming network where players will be able to play games that use their physical location as part of the experience. The Equator project has also resulted in the development of a portable computer for joggers that pits them in races against virtual competitors.
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