Augmented Reality is the best way to experience history.
My dream is to have a “time machine slider” that allows me, in any given location, to see how things looked at a certain point in history. My field of view would be overlaid (with perfect registration;) using old maps, drawings, old photos, recreations in the form of documentaries, or even big hollywood productions.
It could get really interesting when I slide the time machine slider forward to see how a certain city might look in the future.
Some folks are already trying to make this happen today. Just in time for the 4th of July. Checkout this fascinating initiative by a group of educators in Pennsylvania:
Our project, the Civil War Augmented Reality Project, is intended toenhance the experiences of people visiting Civil War sites. It is alsointended to increase attendance and revenue for historic sites byoffering both “high” and “low” tech experiences to best reach themajority of the population.We feel that our project is fulfilling a need that educators, parkworkers, technology enthusiasts, and Civil War enthusiasts havediscussed in the past: How can historic sites both raise educationalvalue and public interest in their institutions though technology,while not alienating the non-technical history fans?We have worked hard on the answer, and are interested in promoting ourcreative solutions.We would like to make clear that the project is not intended solelyfor Pennsylvania. It is our hope that the project will expand to othervenues, as we feel that we have the ability to use our ideas toenhance the experiences of all students at historic sites.
The initiative is driven by 3 visionaries: