EXTENDING THE LIFE OF VIRTUAL HERITAGE: REUSE OF TLS POINT CLOUDS IN SYNTHETIC STEREOSCOPIC SPHERICAL IMAGES
Keywords: Point Cloud, Terrestrial Laser Scanner, Reuse, VR, Stereoscopic, Spherical Images
Abstract. Recent advances in Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS), in terms of cost and flexibility, have consolidated this technology as an essential tool for the documentation and digitalization of Cultural Heritage. However, once the TLS data is used, it basically remains stored and left to waste.How can highly accurate and dense point clouds (of the built heritage) be processed for its reuse, especially to engage a broader audience? This paper aims to answer this question by a channel that minimizes the need for expert knowledge, while enhancing the interactivity with the as-built digital data: Virtual Heritage Dissemination through the production of VR content.
Driven by the ProDigiOUs project’s guidelines on data dissemination (EU funded), this paper advances in a production path to transform the point cloud into virtual stereoscopic spherical images, taking into account the different visual features that produce depth perception, and especially those prompting visual fatigue while experiencing the VR content. Finally, we present the results of the Hiedanranta’s scans transformed into stereoscopic spherical animations.