Augmented Reality in Travel, Museums, Art, Architecture

Augmented Reality mobile applications are beginning to change the way visitors to museums, art galleries and tourist locations see and interact we the new experiences. AR applications too can help travelers locate transportation services. One early example created by '''Acrossair''' is the '''Nearest Tube finder''' in London. See [ Nearest Tube Augmented Reality App for iPhone 3GS from acrossair]

iPad App Brings Ultimate Dinosaurs to Life at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto)

Toozla brings the user realtime location-based audio tours and stories. Rather than using your camera view on your smart phone it brings you audio about your location. According to their May 7, 2010 News Release Toozla offers an audio guide based on Wikipedia. Once the application is launched users can put their smartphone in their pockets and listen to the wikipedia entry on the location. The app translates text to speech. []

The Sancho Plan is a group of writers, musicians, animators, designers and computer programmers who use create interactive entertainment. On March 24, 2010 at the BBC Big Screen Millennium Square in Bristol, they created an augmented reality performance where the participants were able to control the music and movement.

Sancho Plan Augmented Reality

On April 24, 2010 new Media Artist Sander Veenhof organized the first Augmented Reality Flash Mob in Dam Square Amsterdam. The idea is based on the well known "human statue" phenomenon. Most of us have seen these human statues in cities around the world. The AR Flash Mob takes the statue to the next level- a virtual one. Participants needed Layer browser to view the virtual statues in the square- from Spiderman to Darth Vader to the Beatles on Abbey Road. Outsiders viewing the event, saw groups of people pointing cell phones at nothing! []

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