“We’ll create a 3D interactive model of the castle as it is now,” the CEO of the Virtual Experience Company said. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Built by crusaders, destroyed by the Mamluks and restored by Fakhreddine, the castle, as well as the city that surrounds it, are steeped in history. What if, instead of learning about this history in textbooks, children could go back in time and see it for themselves? The Virtual Experience Company, together with researchers from the universities of Cambridge and Essex in the United Kingdom, is set to create a virtual reality model of the Sea Castle.By donning a VR headset, children will be able to explore the castle through a simulation and connect with information about its history.As children explore the VR model, videos will show interviews with local people about the history of the castle."It'll be like a time machine in a way, to show Saida today and then show how we got to what we have now," said Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, a researcher at Essex University who is on the team.Through the interview content, she said she hoped the VR technology would bring a human element to Sidon's story. Is the team concerned that access to the virtual model will discourage real-life visits to Sidon's Sea Castle?
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