18 Apr 2011
3D technology gives super realistic tour of the royal church.
Thousands of mobile phone users worldwide will soon be able to experience the beauty and grandeur of Westminster Abbey in a new app that will be released before the Royal Wedding. Abbey 3D will give Android, iPhone and iPad users intimate access to the royal church in a way which has never been done before.
Abbey 3D features an internal scaled replica of Westminster Abbey in a way which enables users to feel as if they are visiting the church where ever they happen to live or happen to be. It uses the latest laser scanning technology combined with 3D modelling to create a super realistic version of the Abbey, a technique commonly used in film production but rarely applied to mobile devices.
The app opens at the Great West Door, the spot where Catherine Middleton will start her walk down the aisle with her father to the High Altar. Flashing up along the way are "hotspots" of information about key areas of the Abbey, such as the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, and their significance on the day of the wedding.
Archive pictures and potted biographies on key participants at the Royal Wedding will be on the app, as well as a cross-section birds-eye view of the Abbey showing the layout of the church. Bite-size historic facts and archive pictures of previous royal weddings will mean everyone can become something of an expert on Westminster Abbey in time for the big day.
The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster said: "William Caxton set up the first printing press in England on the Abbey's doorstep in 1476 so it seems very apt in our fast moving world of communications that we are releasing Abbey 3D for the first royal wedding of the 21st century."
Priced £2.99, Abbey 3D will be available for Android phones via the Android Market and is coming soon to the Apple Store. Proceeds from sales will be split equally between the Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund and Westminster Abbey Foundation, which is responsible for the care and upkeep of the Abbey.