We thought about AR and what it can do in a museum. One of us always wonders what other people think when they stand in front of objects. This was the staring point.
What it does
Using AR the wall or ground around objects becomes an extended space for communication and curative background-information. There are multiple possibilities: Curating teams can put background information, old media responses to from the creation of an item for example, videos of the transport - whatever seems suitable. It can be a space for other visitors to write down their impressions and thoughts about it. If used a lot they can fade out and vanish over time and make space for new ones again. Just like messages on a wall. Depending on the useage this can be weeks, days or hours.
How we built it
Using HTML5 with ar.js we are building a simple prototype.
Challenges we ran into
Ar.js in the simple form uses printed tags to indentify a scene. Putting these tags next to an object could interfere with the aesthetics. The biggest challange is, that we are both busy in other projects like organizing the toujour-kultur events, and could spend enough time on the challenge. We still like the idea and want to submit it.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
The concept itself.
What we learned
What's next for Extended Artifact Wall
Finding more unobtrusive ways of placing markers or switching to another AR platform with image recognition (combined with location tags probably).
Optionally the virtual space can be made accessible offline, to enable people to enjoy the exhibition without and devices in their hands, which, especially for classical and indoor themes might be obtrusive.
Also optionally a list of the objects that you were interested in can be send to you afterwards. Since at least the writers often have the experience that sometime after an exhibition you talk about it and just don't remember the name or artist of that impressing figure..