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Augmented Reality and History - Famagusta

As part of an intern-ship I explored the idea and realms of augmented reality and its uses, now we all know AR is used alot for marketing and advertising but could it also be used for historical preservation and educational highlighting of the need to save. We were contacted to develop a proof of concept for a restoration project taking place in Famagusta which would allow users to using mobile phones see virtual overlays of Frescoes based on 'geo-graphic' location. 

The idea was whilst the frescoes which were in a very bad state were being restored to develop a system whereby vistors could in future hld up their phone to a restored fresco on the wall and find out historical importance, dates and even a gallery of it prior restoration and undergoing to show what had been done. Whilst we pitched the potential for a self developed solution we opted for a freely available option known as Aurasma, with this we made a proof of concept whereby users could freely download the Aurasma application follow 'AR Famagusta', restart app and then using camera point at for proof version self made markers and see self scaling content such as videos, text and images.

If you want to check it out simply follow these steps:

1. Download Aurasma for android or iOS

2. Follow either 'Armenian Fresco AR' or search for 'University of Lincoln' in the app itself

3. You may need to close the app and relaunch it so it picks up changes

4. Open Application and point camera at one of these following markers:

5. Note you may need to cover them up as works best if only trying to detect 1 at a time

 

Through this project we learned that AR is an interesting premise however is currently limited in its practical use and seen scope. I would highly recommend that for people new to AR to give this application a try, to set-up custom ones a Aurasma studio account is required however a free version is available. 

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