- Google reconstructs 36 square meters in VR using photogrammetry
Le Palace of Versailles is one of the most prestigious French tourist attractions and the most famous. Walking the aisles of this immense palace, exploring its different rooms is a fascinating experience that allows you to go back in time. However, visiting the castle of King Louis XIV is a luxury that many people around the world will not be able to afford in their lifetime.
In order to allow everyone to venture into this place steeped in history without having to travel to France, Google has simply reconstructed it in virtual reality. Thanks to the technique of photogrammetry, the Californian giant has recreated 21 rooms in the castle for a total area of nearly 36 square meters based on 4TB of data. The reconstruction represents 15 billion pixels.
Google reconstructs 36 square meters in VR using photogrammetry
This VR application created in direct partnership with the Palace of Versailles allows visit the royal residence without having to navigate your way through the crowds of tourists compact. You can even contemplate more than a hundred sculptures up close.
Among the recreated rooms, we can count the King's and Queen's Grand Apartments, the Royal Opera, the Royal Chapel, and the famous Hall of Mirrors. A night mode will allow take a walk in the castle by the light of the fireplace...
The “VersaillesVR: the castle is yours” application, the largest photogrammetry project ever undertaken at the Palace of Versailles, confirms the potential of virtual reality for tourism. She is available for free on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. You can download it on Steam now at this address.