India Digital Heritage Project of Microsoft India – See Famous Indian Landmarks in Vivid Detail on Internet

You might have visited some of the most important temples and other landmarks in India but you might not have had the patience and time to go in for a close scrutiny of the architecture and sculptural details of some of the unparalleled architectural gems of India. But with the India Digital Heritage Project of Microsoft India you will be able to enter some of the important heritage and religious sites in India and see everything in minute detail from the comfort of your home on the Internet.

The highlight of this unique digital heritage project is that takes a holistic approach, focusing not only on monuments but their associated cultural heritage. The India Digital Heritage Project of Microsoft is a collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology in India and various academic and industry research organizations.

India Digital Heritage Project of Microsoft India is an effort to collect, store and share data on architectural sites in India and stimulate research in visualization, computer vision, graphics and related fields.

Microsoft Research India's Advanced Development and Prototyping Team has completed a pilot prototype for the Sri Andal Temple in Srivilliputtur, Tamil Nadu.

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Building upon the existing Photosynth and HDView technologies, engineers, researchers and designers, teamed up to create a virtual representation of the Sri Andal Temple in Srivilliputtur which enables users to walk through the premises of the temple, observing the vivid courtyards, murals and pillars that lie within.

Users may choose to follow a 'guided-tour' where a narrator explains the historical and cultural importance of what is being viewed. In order to enhance the experience, giving it a 'real-life' effect, ambient sounds of pujas, birds and natural surroundings have been built into the system.

In order to view the large images of temples on India Digital Heritage Project of Microsoft India website you must install the HD View Add-on your browser. HD View is a new viewer developed by Microsoft Research's Interactive Visual Media group to aid in the display and interaction with very large images.