“The Eternal Egypt project was a natural start for The History Channel documentary,” said Peter Kunhardt, the documentary's producer. “The three-dimensional reconstruction of the tombs on the Eternal Egypt Web site just cried out for TV. The richness of the IBM work was a great foundation for the film.”
According to John Tolva, an IBM certified IT Specialist, “We used story telling themes in our work on Eternal Egypt which helped the transition from our Web site to television. In essence, our Eternal Egypt work becomes the last chapter in the documentary’s story because what we are trying to do with Eternal Egypt is document and share with the world the culture of this important society.”
Throughout the Eternal Egypt project, funded by a $2.5 million IBM grant of technology and expertise, IBM worked closely with the Egyptian government.
More information is available at the History Channel website
Since 2001 the Egyptian Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CultNat) and IBM have been working to bring the awe-inspiring experience of Egypt to the world through a project known as the Eternal Egypt. With help from IBM, Eternal Egypt represents a unique partnership to use innovative technologies and services to create an interactive, multimedia experience of Egyptian cultural artifacts, places and history for a global audience.
A little over one year since the 100th anniversary of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, anyone with access to the Internet is now able to enter a three-dimensional reconstruction of Tutankhamun's tomb. The experience is only one small part of Eternal Egypt, which is accessible by handheld Digital Guides in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, by cell phone for visitors to the pyramids at Giza or the Luxor Temple in Upper Egypt, or through the Eternal Egypt Web site.
The Eternal Egypt Web site includes an unprecedented experience of high-resolution images, three-dimensional reconstructions of Egyptian monuments and antiquities, as well as virtually-reconstructed environments, panoramic images, and panoramic views of present-day Egypt captured by robotic cameras located from the top of Karnak Temple to the streets of Old Cairo. An innovative, interactive map and timeline guide Eternal Egypt visitors through Egypt's cultural heritage, while Connections presents the complex relationships between objects, places and personalities of Egypt's past in a unique, web-like display.
To learn more about the Eternal Egypt project see http://www.eternalegypt.org/about.