The startup Lithodomos VR is creating virtual reality reproductions of archaeological constructions thanks to the funding received that will allow it to accelerate its growth and expansion to Europe.
Walking and exploring ancient and even inaccessible places are tasks that virtual reality facilitates, allowing immersive experiences without running the risk of damaging the original places, whether they are enclosures or even archaeological museums, and being of interest to visitors, researchers or teachers. Proof of this is the work of the Australian startup Lithodomos VR which has secured a round of financing for more than 679,000 dollars in order to reconstruct these types of places in virtual reality. Using photogrammetry, texturing and modeling, they manage to reproduce Greek or Roman places faithfully recreated thanks to the work of years of research and first-hand knowledge. Among their current projects they have contracts for excavations in Malaga, as well as the reconstruction of Ancient Jerusalem.
Simon Young, co-founder and CEO of Lithodomus VR, leads a multidisciplinary team consisting mainly of archaeologists, modelers and content distributors. “In just a few months, we have gone from being little more than an idea to a fully operational VR content production and distribution company with nine workers,” commented Young. The received round will allow Lithodomos VR to further capitalize on its position, and help accelerate its growth. The company is currently expanding in Europe with new customers.
We can try their free Ancient World app for Android using Cardboard, or the paid Ancient Jerusalem app available on iOS and Android for €2.49, also for Cardboard. Soon they will launch the applications for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.