CAVEkiosk: A VR Tool for Outreach and Research in Archaeology
The CAVEkiosk at UC San Diego is a high-definition virtual reality system located on the ground floor of the university’s Geisel Library. One of a number of such kiosks stationed at University of California campuses at Berkeley, Merced and Los Angeles, the CAVEkiosk uses a combination of panoramic imagery, data point clouds and 3D models to create a lifelike display of threatened cultural sites around the globe. Currently, visitors to the Geisel Library can use the CAVEkiosk to explore sites in Greece, Egypt, Israel and Jordan.
The UC San Diego CAVEkiosk also operates as a research hub connecting scientists on the forefront of archaeological research. Through a high-speed network called the Pacific Research Platform, or PRP, researchers can now share and access 3D archaeological datasets collected from anywhere in the world at kiosks on participating UC campuses. The shared system is designed to help researchers collaborate toward archiving and ultimately preserving at-risk cultural heritage sites.
This project was spearheaded by Dr. Thomas Levy and Dr. Jurgen Schulze. Funding was provided by a Research Catalyst award from the University of California Office of the President.