On the Horizon for Interpretive Education: Augmented Reality

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This presentation was given as part of the On the Horizon for Interpretive Education panel held at the American Public Gardens Association conference held in June 2011 in Philadelphia.

This presentation was given as part of the On the Horizon for Interpretive Education panel held at the American Public Gardens Association conference held in June 2011 in Philadelphia.

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  • 1. On the Horizon for Interpretive Education:
    Augmented Reality
    June 21, 2011
    Deborah Boyer
  • 2. Copyright Notice
    This presentation is copyright of Azaveaand may not be reused without permission. Please contact dboyer@azavea.com with usage requests or any other questions.
    The images contained in this presentation are credited with the websites where they were originally found. All copyright remains with the originator of the image.
    Images with no credit line were taken by Azavea staff and Azavea maintains copyright.
  • 3.
  • 4. Map Search Page
  • 5. 12th and Market Streets, 1914
    Philadelphia City Archives via PhillyHistory.org
  • 6. Rat Receiving Station, 1914
    Philadelphia City Archives via PhillyHistory.org
  • 7. Mobile Web App
  • 8. PhillyHistory.org, a project of the Philadelphia Department of Records
    5 organizations
    • Philadelphia City Archives
    • 9. Philadelphia Water Department
    • 10. Office of the City Representative
    • 11. Library Company of Philadelphia
    • 12. Free Library of Philadelphia
    Over 95,000 historic photographs and maps
    Over 7,300 registered users
    13,000 unique visitors per month
    Runs on Sajara platform
    Camp Independence, Civil War Recruiting Camp
    The Library Company of Philadelphia via PhillyHistory.org
  • 13. Why Augmented Reality?
  • 14. Augmented what?
    Augmented Reality – overlaying of digital data or computer generated imagery on a live view of the physical world
    Image courtesy of Mr3641 from Wikimedia Commons.
    Image courtesy of Mr3641 from Wikimedia Commons.
  • 15. Computer Vision AR
    Computer identifies a marker placed in front of its camera
    Projects a 3D object based on the orientation of the marker
    Often used on desktop computers but mobile available too
  • 16. Computer Vision AR
    Image from ARToolworks, Inc - http://www.artoolworks.com/products/mobile/artoolkit-for-ios/
  • 17. Sensor AR
    Utilizes a smart phone’s camera, internal GPS, compass, accelerometer, and gyroscope capabilities to find the phone’s position
    Provides data related to points near that location
    Often uses AR browsers such as Wikitude, Layar, or Junaio
    Image from Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
  • 18. Augmented Reality for Interpretive Education
  • 19. Photo from jasonepowell Flickr stream and included in Looking Into the Past Flickr pool.
    Original photo from the Library of Congress.
  • 20. Museum of London:
    May 2010
    Emmeline Pankhurst arrested by Buckingham Palace,
    May 21, 1914.
    Photo from Museum of London
  • 21. The Andy Warhol Museum Layar
    Images taken from the Warhol Museum at http://www.warhol.org/connect/mobile/
    What Is
  • 22. The Berlin Wall 3D for Layar
    Images from the app via Layar blog at http://site.layar.com/company/blog/the-berlin-wall-is-back/
    What Was
  • 23. What Could Be
    Urban Augmented Reality from the Netherlands Architecture Institute
    Images from UAR app in iTunes at http://ax.itunes.apple.com/nl/app/uar/id371459375?mt=8
  • 24. AR and PhillyHistory.org
    • NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant
    Investigate AR tech as a tool in cultural institutions
    Connect the past to the present
    Engage users in the study of history, architecture, and photography using mobile technology
    Build on the rich geographic resources of PhillyHistory.org
    Students and pretzel vendor at West Philadelphia High School, 1934.
    Philadelphia City Archives via PhillyHistory.org
  • 25. Initial Ideas
    Created by Carissa Brittain
    Background Image from Google
  • 26.
  • 27.
  • 28. 12th and Market, 1914 and 2011
  • 29. Three Types of Images
  • 30. Deborah Boyer
    Photos: Josh Marcus
  • 31.
  • 32. AR in Public Gardens
  • 33. Versailles Gardens
    Images taken from Versailles Garden Android Market page at
  • 34. Ideas
    Show future land development or garden development
    Create AR markers for visitors to print and use at home
    Create an AR layer with more information on certain plants or other garden features
    Create self-guided AR tours or integrate into curriculum
    Work with local artists to create an AR garden art installation
  • 35. Image from http://www.sndrv.nl/moma/
  • 36. Limitations
    Rapidly changing software and hardware
    Must develop for different smart phones
    Inherently limited to smartphone users
    Requires strong internet collection
    GPS accuracy can be poor
  • 37. Benefits
    Introduce our organizations and collectionsto new audiences
    Take advantage of growing smartphone use
    Create educational and collaborative opportunities
    Make connections
    Generate excitement
  • 38. Having fun!
    Photo: Rachel Cheetham-Richard
  • 39. Augmented Reality
  • 40. Details
    White paper available at http://www.azavea.com/augmented-reality
    Developers blogging about building the app at http://www.azavea.com/blogs/labs/
    App available in Android Market and Apple App Store.
  • 41. On the Horizon for Interpretive Education:
    Augmented Reality
    Deborah Boyer
    Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this presentation or project do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.