This Augmented Reality app explains how an ancient object was created and crafted by the artist.
This research is normally limited to the scientific literature or an occasional exhibition catalog.
The app "hits all the right buttons" in disseminating years of research to the general public. Here's why:
1) As can be clearly seen there is no physical space for a sign with a 1000-word explanation.
2) Usability studies show audience attention drops after more than 12 words.
3) 65% of the human brain is dedicated to processing visual information. AR is by definition visual. Memorization & learning lasts until long after the visit to the museum.
An ancient Assyrian relief panel exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Researchers used sophisticated surface scanning techniques to study its surface. Finding micro-fragments of paint, they were able to determine the original colors used.
How do you tell the color story of this relief?
The AR app creates (colorful!) context in ways no text can: visual explanations are very efficient and "stick" long after the museum visit.
A very effective educational tool that opens the institution's accumulated knowledge to the general public.
MRI scans of an Egyptian mummy revealed what's inside the mummy without having to open it. Nowadays it is considered unethical and to cut a mummy open to study its remains.
How do you tell their story to the general public ?
Augmented Reality X-rays. Shown as a location-dependent "zoom inside". It allows us to view many details of the original mummy.
With the proper respect the public is made aware of the actual "human inside".