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Larnach Castle is one of Dunedin's top tourist attractions, but most of its historic displays are hands-off for visitors. The Larnach Castle Tour app is giving visitors a glimpse into the past, with video recreations bringing the historic home to life. The app takes visitors back to the late 1800s, when entrepreneur William Larnach walked the halls of the grand mansion. ARL and the Video Factory developed the app, using castle staff as actors, and ensuring details were as authentic as possible.
The images above are reduced-size iPod screenshots of the Larnach Castle Tour app, available at the App Store.
Visitors can hire an iPod with the app installed, or download it themselves before they arrive. The new programme is aimed at providing a more informative tour for independent travellers. Showing the castle's exhibits in use also helps explain things for the two-thirds of tourists from overseas. The virtual guide is also getting the thumbs up from visiting families.
"The 3D graphics deliver an experience for the trainee as close to the real thing as possible. Even sun-strike and raindrops on the cab windows are replicated with incredible realism."
Mark Griffin - Product Development Manager, Airways New Zealand (July 2012) -Total Control 2006
"We are thrilled with the energy and enthusiasm that (ARL) has brought to the table... It is a real case of a Kiwi company combining a No.8 wire attitude with world-class technology."
Michael Glading - New Zealand Open Tournament Director (February 2014) - NZ Open 2015
"The... technology supplied by Animation Research Ltd is superior to anything seen previously, and testing has delivered the most consistent data our company has ever had."
Jason Paris - Head of Emerging Business, TVNZ (Louis Vuitton Pacific Series 2009) - Louis Vuitton 2009
"We have all been truly overawed with the power... of the system, it's modelling, and it's operation. It is, by a long way, the best 3D that I have worked with anywhere..."
Richard Carr, Senior Producer, Formula One, BBC. (January 2011) - Monte Carlo 2012