Virtual Rosewood Released! – click here to interactively explore a virtual world environment of Rosewood in your web browser.
A variety of methods now exist that allow for the interactive exploration of vanished landscapes. In regards to Virtual Rosewood, this includes a complete virtual world environment of Rosewood as it existed in 1922 and an interactive virtual museum in Second Life. These methods support the creation of images and video for publication, online virtual tours, and an augmented reality application.
‘Traditional’ Virtual Reality Methods
Visitors to this website can now experience a completely reconstructed, virtual version of Rosewood as it existed prior to the 1923 race riot. This virtual Rosewood was constructed using a suite of programs. Autodesk 3DS Max Design was used to model the structures, Adobe Photoshop was used to create textures for each structure, and the Unity 3D game engine used to produce the virtual world. The layout of the community is based upon the spatial template created by mapping historic property (HP) ownership with ESRI’s ArcGIS geographic information system (GIS) software. The present version of Virtual Rosewood was completed by one person (me) between June 2010 and June 2011. In all, the virtual reconstruction took roughly 600 hours to complete. This does not include the several months in late 2009 and early 2010 spent researching and creating the historic properties GIS.
Virtual Rosewood Museum in Second Life
Just follow these simple steps If you would like to view the Rosewood Virtual Museum:
1) Sign up for a free account at Second Life
2) Download the Second Life viewer here
3) Navigate to the museum by searching for “Virtual Rosewood Museum” while logged on
UPDATE (7/24/14): We have retired the Virtual Rosewood Museum because the cost to maintain it has become prohibitive. You will still find a small site (under construction) dedicated to Rosewood, but an updated virtual museum is currently under construction and will be hosted at this website.
Augmented Reality Rosewood
Augmented Reality (AR) involves interacting with 3D content in the physical world. Most AR developers are using mobile phones to deliver their virtual content, including the rapidly growing Layar AR platform. While a pilot version of an AR Rosewood app has been developed, it will not be released because of the continued threat of looting. This represents a major concern for using this technology at unprotected sites.