Leica BLK360 Imaging Scanner

The Unreality Journeys Team and G2 Foundation are pushing the boundaries of HDS, AR & VR technology in this ground-breaking cultural heritage project. This collective of AR/VR/MR visionaries, programmers and render artists are on a mission to create a virtual replicate world to showcase the beauty and history of Central America, starting with the entire country of Guatemala.

Unreality Journeys are delivering a not-for-profit cultural project to record ancient structures created by indigenous populations and the impact of modern society. They are using VR and AR technologies in conjunction with 3D scanning and volumetric video, to create an interactive digital environment that users can walk, drive and fly around. New Zealand based innovators G2 Foundation are project partners and have donated several Leica BLK360 imaging scanners to Unreality Journeys for this project.

The Leica BLK360 imaging scanner is being used to create high quality 3D scans of Mayan ruins, 400 year old churches, local indigenous villages, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua, where the project is based.

They plan to use Antigua, Guatemala as a prototype for the world’s first fully documented and scanned city where every attraction and business can be explored in VR, AR and MR and where every establishment big and small can be part of the action. They are pushing the boundaries of what a digital city and country can accomplish by using state of the art WISP technology to create decentralized networks for local communities to be able to share data with each other in a secure and private way.

“Our team’s main goal is to create digital country history books in the highest quality possible and make them accessible to as many people as possible for free. We’re starting in Guatemala, then the rest of Central America and eventually more countries. We will focus on third world countries with a rich history that demands to be preserved but may not have the resources to do so themselves, especially at a high level.” Unreality Journeys Team

Project Accelerated With The Leica BLK360 Imaging Scanner

A project of this size and complexity requires a scanner that is fast, portable and easy to use. It involves scanning numerous historic interiors that require extremely high levels of detail to be truly appreciated. The BLK360 workflow has enabled them to quickly and efficiently collect and process large amounts of quality data.

“The BLK360 was a dream come true and we decided to get a few units and take this project full force.” Unreality Journeys Team

The finished project will allow users to digitally experience the whole country, they will be able to virtually walk the black sand beaches of Guatemala’s south coast, explore the jungles of Petén, drive a riverboat down the mystical Río Dulce, fly to the Garifuna villages on the Caribbean coast, stroll the local artisan markets and discover the secrets of the Mayan pyramids.

The Unreality Journeys Team and the G2 Foundation are really pushing the boundaries with this project. Their vision, creativity and innovation are truly awe inspiring. We look forward to virtually visiting Guatemala in the near future!

For more information on this project, contact unrealityjourneys@gmail.com

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