How many of you have gone to Universal Studios and done the Harry Potter thing? Did you bring back your wand and then everyone ooed and awed about it. Right? Well, We wanted to do this with History. The inspiration for this project came from my volunteer experience with the Ft McHenry Jr. fife and drum corp at the Star Bangled Banner Spectacular a few years ago. During my time there, I loved the being part of the history and making history come alive for the visitors. Unfortunately, that was not always possible, since most of the special events only happen on the weekend or during holidays. You can see the actual historical location but that is it. The plaques truthfully are not really that enticing to visitors. Bella and I wanted to take that experience and allow the visiting families to have a fun time even when there may not be live reenactors present. We wanted to highlight the best part of the park, plus reinforce the idea of why this particular park was chosen to be a monument or a National park. We wanted to make the everyday history magical and powerful as well as a neat experience that people wanted to take back home with and share all that they learned about with their friends and family in an amazing way. So we bring you the exciting world of History Flip! Where we literally flip how you experience and learn about history.
What it does
History Flip is a physical souvenir with a "magical" twist! Users can buy this at the visitor center at a historical site or museum. Once they get the figure there is a hidden feature to be discovered on the flipside. Our model is of Ft. McHenry, Star Bangled Banner edition. Once you buy it, you can download the History Flip app and explore the world of Augmented Reality of 1812. The History Flip presents to the user with the historical facts and games to enhance the experience.
How we built it
Claire: I took care of the hardware side of things and created the physical figure that people see. I used 123D Design to create the 3D printed model of the fort. I used Inkscape to create the picture on the bottom that later got laser cut. I found and configured the flag animation from the Unity Asset Store and prepared it for use in our app.
Bella: Originally, I planned to make an Android app with Android Studio and use Open CV (computer vision) for image recognition. I'd never used Android Studio before, though, and after hours of struggling, I decided to try to use Unity instead. I implemented Vuforia, an augmented reality platform, with Unity to build an Android app from scratch.