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Today’s “USA Today” features a story on Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure and a map of the land. When you visit harrypotter3d.com and hold the map up to your webcam, it will appear 3D using a process called augmented reality.
But you don’t need to run out and buy the newspaper, Click Here to view/download a PDF version of the map, which you can print out.
Once the 3D map is loaded, you can turn it to see the “World” from all sides. Our top photo shows a top-down view of Hogsmeade. Notice how the Owlery is open in the middle.
You can also move the map closer to your webcam to get a better look. Below is the entrance to Hogwart’s Castle. Notice the pillars and statues on either side. Unfortunately the Dragon’s Challenge and Flight of the Hippogriff rides are only represented by icons on the map.
Harry Potter fans will want to buy the “USA Today” newspaper next Thursday, Jan. 28. An ad in the newspaper will seemingly come to life on your computer screen when you hold it up to a webcam.
The first-ever augmented reality map of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will allow you to rotate the map and take a closer look at the 20-acre themed area from all sides and angles. You can hold the map closer to your webcam and explore Hogsmeade and see the Hogwarts Express. Blow on your computer’s microphone and the banners on the map will wave.
Augmented Reality blends real-life environments with computer animation allowing you to explore things in a completely new way. Here’s a video of the technology in action at the Lego store in Downtown Disney:
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is scheduled to open in Universal’s Islands of Adventure this spring. The new land will provide visitors with multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant.
• For more on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, pick up the Winter 2010 issue of “Orlando Attractions Magazine”.