By Oliver Jutzi, Jr. Project Manager
Last week, we found ourselves at Timecrafters - the luxury watch show held in New York from May 13-15. At an engaging panel discussion, leaders in digital arts and design research addressed issues such as how to create new perceptions of the past and the importance of taking the time to fully go through the design research process. The panel's main focus was Chronogram, an innovative project realized by the EPFL+ECAL Lab and the Digital Humanities Lab EPFL in cooperation with the world-renowned Swiss watchmaker Vacheron Constantin.
Since its foundation in 1755, the prestigious manufacturer has never stopped producing watches, accumulating up to 350 linear meters of archives revealing centuries of innovation, passion and craftsmanship. Chronogram addresses two challenges: the digitalization of historic, hand-written documents and the transformation of this information into a meaningful virtual reality experience. Using a revisited version of virtual reality glasses, Chronogram gives data retrieval a new edge by providing the user with an immersive experience.
Curious? To find out more about Chronogram, visit epfl-ecal-lab.ch.