Monday, February 16, 2004

Geneva Team Brings Ottoman Mosques To Life

"A team at the University of Geneva have developed virtual reality models of two Turkish mosques dating from the Ottoman era of the 16th century which let you move around and explore the buildings in real-time. For the project, the Miralab team focused on the mosques of Aya Sofya and Hagia Sophia. As well as the buildings, they also created virtual humans, including an imam, to simulate what Friday prayers would have been like in the Ottoman era.

Close attention has been paid to ensuring the furniture, colours and texture is historically accurate. In addition, the lighting and sound changes, depending on the position of the mouse."