Living Memorials and How, Where and When to Use Them
We can create many types of living memorials. What is your most precious living memory? Make a list of the special people, places and events that mean most to you. This most likely puts family or friends’ special occasions such as weddings and parties at the top of your list? This means you probably already post digital photographs onto Facebook, Instagram or as videos on YouTube.
Have you ever thought about how to create other types of living memorials for yourself, family and future generations? If so, would you like to be able to relive these special events in virtual reality and share them with others? To give you some examples, I have put together some proof of concept examples of what you can do today.
Family Digital Dynasties
Try the Jepson Digital Dynasty interactive virtual reality living memory. You can experience this demonstration on a desktop computer, tablet, smartphone or by using a virtual reality headset. But to get the most from this living memory, use a VR headset such as the Oculus Quest 2.
Living Memorials of Holiday Places
Use cameras like the Ricoh Theta Z1 to capture those special holidays places as immersive experiences. You can use these virtual reality images and videos to bring to life a precious memory. Store these memories for future generations on YouTube and the 360in360 Living Memories platform. As examples, we have over 20,000 panoramic images on Google StreetView and many panoramic videos on YouTube such as a Heritage Railway Steam Train at the Great Central Railway in Leicester.
School Days and School Trips
What do you remember about your time at school? For example, did you go on any school trips? Who do you remember from your school days and who was in your class? Also, can you remember any teachers and have you had any reunions?
It was during my time at school that I travelled to Russia on an organised school trip. Subsequently, I have re-connected with some school mates on the same trip. Because of this, I am building a living memorial of that trip to Russia at Boston Grammar School Memories. This living memory is experienced in my old school assembly hall in virtual reality. Click on this link to see how it works.
Nostalgia and Memories of Bygone Days
Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. We are no longer limited to grainy photos of bygone times. Because of passionate people in preservation societies, we can experience travel by steam train. Consequently, those memories live on for those people who have access to heritage railways. However, today we can share these nostalgic experiences with anyone around the globe by using virtual reality. Take a look at this example of a virtual reality video of a heritage steam locomotive in action on the Great Central Railway.
Living Memories of Clubs, Communities of Interest and Teams
Communities of Interest such as clubs, groups and teams bind us together. Examples in my own life include Scouts, School Clubs, Soccer Teams, Squash Clubs and Drama Societies. At Birmingham University, I was fortunate enough to be part of the most successful team in the University’s history. The captain of our team organised a 50th anniversary reunion in 2019. Because of this, I have started to build a living memorial demonstrator.
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