An innovative augmented reality application was created in the Seattle’s Museum of Flight, which can transport visitors into an augmented-reality tour of a historic NASA plane.

The Museum of Flight’s application places a portal onto the screen of a smartphone or tablet, blended in with a view of the real world. In real life, museumgoers are walking alongside the 1967 prototype Boeing 737, affectionately nicknamed “Baby Boeing.” The view from the augmented world, however, is much different.

After stepping into the portal, the augmented-reality view shows a full-scale virtual model of the interior of the first 737 jet, which was initially used as a Boeing flight test aircraft and was turned over to NASA’s Langley Research Center in 1974. A peek inside reveals where the research experiments and data acquisition systems replaced the seats.

This could be helpful in the TA4 of the ViMM project, because it is a great innovation of augmented reality that could be used in many museums. This application is based on Apple’s ARKit, which is something new. The fact that the viewers can walk through the portal and into the jet enhances the feeling of presence, because they can feel that they are really inside the jet. Also, the exploring is fun and very interesting something that has to do with the gamification field. In general, it is a great innovation with possibly great contribution for Virtual Museums.