Egypt/UAE- The Most Realistic Virtual Tour of King Tut’s Tomb in Egypt
Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to discover something as unprecedented and mysterious as King Tut’s tomb? Well, if you’re in Egypt, you might not have to wonder much longer–at least on the virtual side of things.
As VR (Virtual Reality) systems like Oculus Rift continue to develop and become more popular around the world, hot spots for technology in the Middle East are at the forefront of the VR movement. A recent article in the Gulf News Journal reads:
Fathi Saleh, an honorary director at Egypt’s Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, said. “The content of the discovery, which is the most valuable treasure found worldwide, contains more than 4,000 pieces. Now, with the advanced information technology tools, including virtual and augmented reality, one can simulate … the discovery and the richness of the treasure in a very realistic way.”
Just imagine: 360 degree, full visual immersion into one of the most important historical and cultural discoveries of the human race! A very innovative and clever, non-video game application of video game tech. A very cultured and historically significant application, at that.
Not far from Egypt, in the UAE (United Arab Emirates), Dubai is another Middle East leader in showcasing and developing this new, important generation of tech.
Dubai, booming with tech as ever, plans to showcase its own remarkable uses of VR at the City Walk project. The same Gulf News Journal article reports: “…a gaming project called Hub Zero that’s being developed by a Dubai-based company…is set to equip Dubai’s City Walk project with various attractions and rides based on a ‘new dimension’ of virtual gaming.” City Walk, already being a major attraction project for the futuristic Dubai, will now be adorned with tech that will put their billions of technologically equipped money where their mouth is.
Just as important as history, culture, and futuristic attractions are to the human experience, VR is being used and developed in the Middle East for numerous other applications: “Rik Willard, the founder and managing director of Agentic Group, sees even more innovation on the horizon. ‘To me, the more exciting opportunities are going to be B2B.’ Willard told the Gulf News Journal, citing tele-surgery where VR robots could revolutionize the capability of health care providers.”
For those Star Wars fans out there, perhaps we’re not as far away from medical droids as we thought. New technologies and their applications always start with an idea. If people like Willard are even entertaining the idea of “VR robots,” then that’s all it takes to begin the process of literally living in a world with medical droids. Correction: Virtual medical droids.