Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) is a combination of computer-generated (i.e. virtual) objects with the real world.  In collaboration with Vancouver-based NGRAIN Corp. and UBC’s MAGIC Lab, we are developing an AR app will provide a means for visitors to the site to use a GPS-enabled mobile device (e.g., tablet, mobile phone) to overlay virtual content on areas of the site viewed by the device’s camera, with the correct position and perspective.  This content would include such things as reconstructions of visible ruins, locations of buried urban features detected by geophysical survey, and information on archaeological finds from particular locations.  Ultimately, this app will integrate other forms of archaeological data useful for researchers that will be available via the web, including stratigraphic layers and detailed qualitative and quantitative information on finds, including 3D models of significant artifacts or features.