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Virtual Tour of Polish History
December 1, 2014   
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A mobile application called PastGuide—for now available as a prototype—aims to make sightseeing in Poland more attractive to tourists.

The software, running on a tablet, for example, will give users a glimpse of historical events, famous figures, and buildings and sites in the form in which they existed hundreds of years ago. The innovative application has been created by Pixel Legend, a company from the northwestern city of Szczecin.

Pixel Legend’s owner, Jan Filipowiak, who came up with the idea of the PastGuide application, is passionate about history. The app has practical and educational value. A user taking a tour of a historical site can at the same time see an artist’s impression of it in 3D on his or her mobile device. This is accompanied by images of historical figures and reconstructions of historical buildings. Such visual tours can be taken from anywhere in the world. For now the innovative application is available in the form of a prototype.

The project used funds from the European Union under the SME Facility mechanism. This initiative by the European Commission is aimed at companies active in fields such as nanomaterials and nanotechnology as well as ICT, food, biomedicine, security, aerospace, energy, and transport. This money is also intended for interdisciplinary projects that bring together various branches of science and the economy.

To carry out the project, Pixel Legend teamed up with the Regional Center for Innovation and Technology Transfer at the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, while the Regional Contact Point for EU Framework Programmes and the Enterprise Europe Network assisted the company in the process of applying for EU funds. The company will receive 50,000 euros from the EU for the professional preparation of a business plan, market studies and reports.

Pixel Legend creates mobile applications, websites and video games. It provides services to clients including Mercedes Benz, Dell, Toyota and Amnesty International.

Karolina Olszewska
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