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Mixed reality 'escape room' recreates WW2

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Published on June 10, 2019 - Duration: 01:44s

Mixed reality 'escape room' recreates WW2

Computer scientists in England are using augmented and virtual reality technology to recreate the lives of telegraphers so you can experience it in a "escape room" situation.

Pascale Davies reports.

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Mixed reality 'escape room' recreates WW2

Imagine going back in time to World War Two, and working as a spy to try and send a communiqué to the allied forces via morse code.

Well, soon, you'll be able to.

And in an escape room situation in a real-life telgraph station that was used during the war.

Computer scientists in England are recreating the past by using an augmented and virtual reality technology.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ALCWYN PARKER (pron.

Al-quin), SENIOR LECTURER, FALMOUTH UNIVERSITY, SAYING: "The augmented telegrapher project is a mixed reality escape room experience that teleports the users back to World War 2 at Porthcurno cable station, where they're recruited and asked to kind of maintain the regular day-to-day tasks of the the telegraph station.

It's mixed reality which means that all of the experience is based around mixing hardware and software." Using a headset camera, the system maps the entire environment, and the museum artifacts spring into life before your eyes.

So far, the team has created several mixed reality puzzles- that include learning morse code.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ALCWYN PARKER (pron.

Al-quin), SENIOR LECTURER, FALMOUTH UNIVERSITY, SAYING: "And as they kind of progress through the scenario, disaster strikes and then they're forced to save the day by solving lots of different puzzles and in an escape room type situation." The site, built into a cliff-face in Cornwall in the south west of England was used during the war to house telegraphy equipment and is now a Telegraph Museum.

The project is still at an early stage, but is set for a preliminary launch next year.

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