Augmented Reality and Mobile Access to Historic CollectionsPresentation Transcript
Historic Overlays on Smart Phones Deborah Boyer PhillyHistory.org Project Manager Azavea Inc.
These images and the stories they tell are the foundation on which Philly History.org was developed.
Each of these images is intimately tied to a location.
Providing a historical record -not just of a time or an event - but also of the place where the photo was taken.
How do we connect the past to the present? How do we connect the public to our collections?
Google Street View 2010 1931
Setting the Angle of Google Street View
Integration with Google Earth
How do you develop a website for the iPhone?
Adjust an existing site
Create an iPhone specific web application tailored visually and functionally to the iPhone’s layout and interface
Create an iPhone application and publish it through the App Store
PhillyHistory.org for the iPhone http://phillyhistory.org/i
Design from a functional standpoint – things had to go
Focus on the geographic search
Follow the screen per function guideline
Utilize the OpenLayers API to display maps
Keep the same search logic as the PhillyHistory website
Make it location aware
What’s Next? Augmented Reality
NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant
One year time frame
Goal is to support planning stages and a working prototype
Augmented Reality – the overlaying of digital data or computer generated imagery on a live view of the physical world
Image courtesy of Mr3641 from Wikimedia Commons.
How does it work?
Utilize a smart phone’s camera, internal GPS, compass and accelerometer capabilities
Pick a platform – Google Android, Apple iPhone, 3 rd party platform
Work with Wikitude, Layar, or another system
Image from Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/dmsblog/index.php/2010/04/16/new-version-of-powerhouse-museum-in-layar-augmented-reality-browsing-of-museum-photos-around-sydney/
Using Augmented Reality to Connect the Past and the Present
Data or images appear on your smart phone and tell you more about the physical structure or environment you are viewing
Overlays of 500 historic photographs of locations around the city
Additional contextual information for 20 images
So What’s the Plan?
Select the images – focus on downtown neighborhoods with perhaps some images across the city
Set the Google Street View for the images
Develop a system design and user interface
Develop a prototype
Make applications available for beta testing
Why Augmented Reality?
Engage students in the study of history, architecture, and photography
Enhance local tourism
Build on the rich geographic resources of PhillyHistory.org
Provide another opportunity for the public to interact with the images
Investigate the viability of AR as an educational tool
Asking Questions and Finding Answers
Will the level of GPS accuracy allow true point-and-view functionality in crowded urban settings?
What is the most effective user interface?
How should additional information be displayed without interrupting the AR experience?
Will processing times be fast enough to provide the augmented reality data in real-time fashion?
Potential Results? Time traveling to the 1876 Centennial
“ You help me remember my past. I see parts of the city as I was growing up and think of how things have changed. Thank you.”
http://www.phillyhistory.org I've lost days browsing that site :) (via Twitter)
“ I have done a lot of web browsing and have found tons of information, but being able to see actual pictures of how my neighborhood looked in the past is absolutely fascinating…. Thanks again for a wonderful, educational and fascinating website!”