From now on, you can visit the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone without getting up from the couch. With the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, an application has been created that will allow the user to go on a virtual tour of the exclusion zone. It was launched specifically for the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident.
The virtual guide with AR-technology contains Chornobyl news, photos, videos and 3D-models of tourist objects in the Exclusion Zone with descriptions of each of them, data on the pollution level in 1986 and today, declassified documents from the KGB archives, refutation of common myths, and most importantly, the user can “walk” through the Exclusion Zone without leaving home.
“About 150 materials in use are a kind of Wikipedia about Chornobyl in your pocket. It will be useful for those who do not have the opportunity to get here in person. There are audio guides, 360 panoramas, 3D models, elements of augmented reality — when you can scan an object and put it on a table, so to speak,” says Valeriy Korshunov, one of the authors of the Chornobyl App.
The application is already available for download in the Apple Store and Play Market in English and Ukrainian.