Master of Design research into digital heritage preservation undertaken by Katarina Markovic was instrumental in establishing an effective data clean-up and optimisation pipeline to produce the requisite photoreal quality in the final VR application.
Peter Hillary, son of Sir Edmund, delivered a welcome and introduction to the project. This was filmed in the AUT Green Screen studio then composited into the final VR experience. All of the prepared digital assets were then handed over to Staples VR for the final application build in the Unreal game engine.
The finished VR experience was launched by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in July 2020 at Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate School in Auckland. It has been made available for free download for mobile or HTC Vive Headset via the Apple and Google app stores, and Steam.
The project has established a technical and creative design pipeline for future collaborative research projects with Antarctic Heritage Trust and Staples VR.