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Ruapekapeka Pa

01 Nov 2017

The Stories of Ruapekapeka, a documentary highlighting Northland's most infamous armed conflict, is hosted by RNZ's Maori Issues Correspondent Mihingarangi Forbes, and was made alongside Great Southern Television with funding from NZ on Air. It coincides with commemorations of the New Zealand Wars. Animation Research Limited created several animations spread throughout the documentary that visualized the Ruapekapeka forest, the British encampments and Ruapekapeka Pa as they were in 1845 - as well as producing a 360° interactive web app for the RNZ website.

Above: Fly over from British Camp to Ruapekapeka Pa

12.05.2018 - RNZ, Great Southern TV and ARL are awarded 'Best Innovation in digital Storytelling' for NZ Wars: The Stories of Ruapekapeka, at the Voyager Media Awards 2018

360VR in Bermuda

23 Jun 2017
Richard Gladwell from Sail-World NZ met ARL CEO Ian Taylor aboard the ferry back to Hamilton, Bermuda at the end of a day's America's Cup racing. Putting on the Samsung Gear headset Ian was carrying, Richard watched a 3D Video clip of Emirates Team New Zealand's Louis Vuitton Semi-Final race against Land Rover BAR. The application is the latest development from ARL's sports division Virtual Eye, whose tracking and 3D graphics for broadcast TV has been extended into a multitude of platforms and devices from mobile phones to PC's and smart TV's.
It provides a stunning 360 view of what it is like to sail aboard an AC50, sitting in the centre of the wingsailed catamaran close to the aft crossbeam. The 360VR camera pack consists of eight GoPro's - with one looking up, two looking down and five covering a 360degree horizontal radius - and was 3D printed at ARL's Dunedin offices. Read the full story at, and see more sports graphics at

ARL's Chris Carpenter sets up one of two 360VR cameras used on Emirates Team NZ and Oracle Team USA.
The 360VR tower positioned just ahead of the main communications tower aboard the AC50 - Richard Gladwell
An image from eight cameras is stitched together to form the on-board viewing experience.
A low resolution screen shot from the Samsung Gear headset on the platform of the AC50.
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