Augmented Reality

3 museums using AR to enhance visitor experience

National Museum of Singapore tells you a tale called Story of the Forest and let you experience something like Pokemon Go.

Imagine the stuff that you see in the national museum, Delhi could become real. Think yourself in the middle of the dolls of the doll museum. Well, it seems impossible but Augmented Reality is the thing which can eliminate ‘im’ from ‘possible’.

With augmented reality, museums are superimposing their virtual world right over what’s actually in front of you, bringing exhibits and artifacts to life in new ways. These three museums are the examples.

National Museum of Singapore, Singapore

National Museum of Singapore tells you a tale called Story of the Forest and let you experience something like Pokemon Go. Visitors inside the museum use an app, combined with the camera, to hunt for and capture various plants and animals. The app tells you what’s nearby and adds it to a photo collection once you’ve captured it. Afterward, a different part of the app opens the photo and provides more information about the plant or animal captured.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian’s oldest museum hall is officially enhanced with new technology in the Skin & Bones exhibit. The Bone Hall has many of the original skeletons and the guests can use an app to overlay skin and movements onto the bones. The guests will see a vampire bat flies away from its mount in one part of the exhibit and a sea cow grows flesh before your eyes in the other.

Heroes and Legends, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

In this museum, locate interesting pieces of early astronauts and NASA legends telling their stories as for why they worked on the program, what the space experience was like and what it meant to them.

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Kritika Sehgal

A storyteller and a writer from the hills of Shimla, Kritika Sehgal is a tech- savvy and has a strong inclination towards Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and Cryptocurrencies. She is also the founder of storytelling blog ‘Words of Five Senses' and has worked with The Indian Express, CNN News18 and Techseen, Singapore before.

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