MARQ - FWF-Mobile Augmented Reality - Mobile Augmented Reality Guide for Museums

Project: Research project

Description

This project aims at the creation and real-world deployment of a handheld computer guide for museum visitors,
based on Augmented Reality. A personal digital assistant (PDA) tracks the position of its user and provides context
relevant information as a three-dimensional graphical overlay on a live camera image shown on the devices
display. By looking "through" the display, visitors see visualizations and animations superimposed onto real
exhibits. Project results will be demonstrated in a test exhibition of our partner museum. The knowledge associated
with the test exhibition will be provided by a continuous information space, which is a seamlessly integrated virtual
world that is aligned with the real interior of the museum. Every real exhibit is augmented by its virtual
counterpart. The information space embeds all exhibits into a story and provides game mechanisms to carry visitors
along in an exciting way.
An important novel aspect is that the system will be tested in a real museum setting with a large number of
simultaneous users. The proposers are an internationally recognised group, developing a leading AR platform that
has recently been ported to a standalone PDA - a worldwide first. This approach makes AR much more ergonomic
and cost efficient, and potentially allows commercial use. However, there is no previous case of commercial multiuser
AR, and such a venture must therefore be considered too risky for commercial entities. Yet the scientific
perspective of building and deploying a real world large scale AR installation is extremely intriguing from a
human-computer interaction standpoint. We want to gain new insights and experiences for further research on
mobile Augmented Reality that cannot be gained in the lab. The prototype will be suitable for industrial partners to
further develop it into a marketable product after the project, bringing emerging technologies into everyday life.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/02/0531/01/07