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Aussie innovation changing how we experience the Tour de France and Rio Olympics

First experiece with the Doarama application shows it is quick and simple to creat a flyover of your own Strava ride. Simply download the .GPX file from your Strava page drag and drop it into the app and the system will process your ride and give you a birds eye view of the route. 

From there adding synchronised video, still images and text captions are possible to further enhance the experience. 

Other more involved applications of the software by organisers will provide innovative event experience for fans.

A press release from Doarama follows.

This year, spectators through doarama.comwill be able to access customised 3D interactive map visualisations of the routes which will be used for the Tour de France (July 2 to 24). 

Fans will be able to interact with the maps by controlling how they view the route in a 3D virtual world.

Spectators will also be able to preview selected routes for the Rio 2016 Olympics, soon to be featured on Doarama.

CSIRO’s Data61 Software Engineer and head of Doarama, Pete Field said the 3D maps are changing how we experienced endurance events, either as a spectator or an athlete.

“Until now we’ve ‘made do’ with a 2D overhead map and a separate terrain profile,” Mr Field said.

“3D fly-through maps were only available to large media broadcasters, and even then, these maps were limited to a single point-of-view, and only made available for the largest races.

“With Doarama, sport routes can be made available online, and it is completely interactive.

“The viewer can move around inside the 3D world while the route is laid out before them.

“For athletes, sports enthusiasts and event organisers, Doarama gives you an edge when preparing for that big event.”

The upcoming tool for the Olympics demonstrates the versatility of Doarama – the platform is able to accommodate various types of events that cover large areas.

“Paragliders and ultramarathon races in Italy, France and California and RedBull XAlps Competition have been early adopters. We’re expanding into more sports including base-jumping competitions.  We’re very excited to see new ways people are using Doarama!” Mr Field said.

The Doarama website is free to use, works on desktop and mobile devices and gives sport enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the walk, run, hike, rock climb, paraglide, cycle or ski route, using its GPS route visualisations.

Other key features include:
·        the ability to share experiences on social media;
·        the ability for anybody to create their own 3D maps; and
·        the ability for content providers to embed Doarama into their web service.

Originally launched in 2013, the revamped Doarama platform has seen great uptake with approximately 400 per cent user growth over the last 3 months by offering a new, engaging way to gain a deeper understanding of the environment and obstacles that athletes are tackling.

“Television and 2D maps just don’t compare – with Doarama, it’s visceral,” Mr Field said.

For more information about Doarama, please visit: Doarama.com

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