FS Fives: Tuesday, July 19

Welcome to the latest FS Fives – FutureScot’s lunchtime round-up of Scottish digital news.

First up, the Glasgow-based Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation is working with Historic Environment Scotland and teams in Bavaria and Austria to develop an app that will provide augmented reality and 3D virtual reconstructions of the Antonine Wall. The wall ran for more than 35 miles from Bo’ness on the Firth of Forth to Old Kilpatrick on the River Clyde, and was the most complex frontier ever constructed by the Roman army. It is now part of the Europe-wide Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site, and the project will see Scottish, German and Austrian partners working to create the mobile app platform and new visitor content.

Competing game designers in Dundee

Next, eighty students from around the world have arrived in Dundee to compete in this year’s Dare to be Digital game design competition. Sixteen teams at the Abertay University-hosted event will spend two weeks putting finishing touches to their computer game designs. The finished games will feature at Dare Protoplay, Scotland’s biggest independent games festival, in August. Teams from countries including India, Brazil and the US are taking part.

Digital reads

Whether you’re jetting off to somewhere exotic, or relaxing on a balcony in the city; here are some top book picks – courtesy of the the DL100 Club, a group made up of award-winning digital leaders from across enterprise, government, charities and academia – to ensure you have a fantastic read by your side.

An easier way to get travel insurance

Yikes! Forgot to get travel insurance? Edinburgh airport is among eight UK airports to feature a digital self-serve kiosk where you can buy cover in three minutes. Following a trial at Gatwick Airport last August, 30 kiosks will eventually be installed at the nine locations.

And finally…whatever happened to the ice bucket challenge?

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