Free 'Virtual Romans' app launched on iPad devices

Posted by ap507 at Apr 15, 2014 01:11 PM |
Historians collaborate on explorative Roman Leicester app
Free 'Virtual Romans' app launched on iPad devices

© De Montfort University

A virtual Roman Leicester has been created which allows users to wander the city's streets while viewing its ancient buildings through a newly developed app called 'Virtual Romans'.

Experts from the University, including Richard Buckley from ULAS who led the Richard III dig, have worked with historians from De Montfort University and the Jewry Wall Museum to create an augmented reality app where users can stand on a Leicester street, point a tablet computer at a building and see what stood there in Roman times.

As users walk the streets of modern-day Leicester, the app will alert them that an important building once stood here in Ratae Corieltauvorum - Roman Leicester. They then point the tablet towards the site and it will show the ancient monument in a 3D reproduction.

'Virtual Romans' is freely available as an iPad app.