Augmented Reality….WHAAAAAT!

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Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory…..

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This summer Professor Ed Johnston from the Robert Busch School of Design at Kean University received a grant to start an augmented reality project for Liberty Hall Museum.  It’s pretty cool. He has three Kean University students working on this project and so far they have filmed the entire first floor of the museum (…5 rooms). Starting this project will allow our visitors a chance to get a different view of Liberty Hall and also makes us more accessible to handicap impaired individuals.

Here’s an awesome sneak peak of the Great Hall…augmented: Click here!

What makes this project even cooler is in the upcoming semesters, students will be able to add more depth to each room.  For example, as you scan the Great Hall and want to know who is in a painting, you can simply touch the portrait on the iPad/smart phone screen and it’ll give you the name.   We plan on encouraging our visitors to download the free app that makes the augmented reality possible but because Liberty Hall is so awesome, we received a grant that will allow us to purchase some iPads for our visitors to use on tour!

To take the augmented reality project even further, the students will be able to recreate how a room would have looked like over the 250 year time period.  The first room they started working on is the dining room.  We know the dining room was originally a library for Governor Livingston in the 1780s, then becomes a bedroom in the 1820s, and is then converted into a dining room in the 1850s.  We have death inventories which make this project possible since everything that was in that room is listed.  And if you know the Kean’s, chances are we still have what is on the list!

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Liberty Hall is finally stepping into the 21st century with this exciting augmented reality project! Don’t forget to check our facebook page for updates!

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