There is something particularly exciting about using the most modern AR technology to enrich discovery of some of the world’s most ancient artifacts. The juxtaposition of the very old and the very new is not only fascinating, it also enhances both experiences.
The EU funded project “TECHCOOLTOUR” introduces a multifaceted AR experience that aims to use Augmented Reality for promotion of Roman and Byzantine Itineraries. What sounds quite highbrow and complicated is enormously approachable – the app (available for iOS and Android) and website offer a series of resources that make cultural heritage sites more approachable. A printed map showcases 3-Dmodels, the beautiful and modern website and apps provide interactive materials and AR equipped signposts at the archeological sites offer unlockable content. There’s even a toga-clad tour guide. What’s not to love?
Watch the video to see the app in action:
So what is a Roman and Byzantine Itinerary, you ask? Well of course I would say download the app and find out yourself, but if you want to know if it’s worth your while, here is the short version: a suggested route for visiting cultural heritage sites in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.
The project has multiple aspects. The main attraction and cornerstone is the app “TECHCOOLTOUR” which offers access to multimedia information about the cultural heritage sites, an interactive map, and travel descriptions, all intended to entice you to take a trip to one of the sites, where you can pull out your smart device and unlock augmented content on the information boards, which can help answer the eternal question “what is this interesting looking building/ruin/old thing I am looking at?
The project was developed by LiveViewStudios, a Metaio Certified Developer, and the content can also be accessed as a Junaio channel by searching for TECHCOOLTOUR. Here is another great video showcasing the project:
Happy travels, or as the ancient Romans would say, Bonum cursum!