Augmented Reality is a technology that allows us to see things through a device that normally do not exist in our world. What if this was used in order to let us have access on how an area or a building used to look like in the past?
The National Museum of Singapore has adopted Augmented Reality and achieved what is described above. By using a specific device, which uses the Google Tango technology, visitors see the way that some points of the museum looked like in the past. For instance, they can see an Indian Fin Whale skeleton that used to be displayed in this museum at the exact spot that it was placed in the past. Also, they can see what the rotunda of the museum used to look like by pointing the camera of the device to it.
This application of Augmented Reality is very interesting and it can be an excellent way to preserve our cultural heritage, as it gives us the opportunity to go back in time subconsciously. That way, people can understand more clearly the history of the specific monument and also they will be able to know what it looked like when it was firstly constructed.
This could be useful in Thematic Area 4 of the ViMM project because it could be applied in a museum or a monument so that the visitors will be able to learn more about its history and have an excellent and fun experience, something that will make even more people to visit museums and monuments in the future.
Google Tango: https://get.google.com/tango/