History comes to life with augmented reality
By Rose Marie Kitchen l Published Nov. 10, 2016
Reliving history and embracing the 1700s has become easier than ever before thanks to a newly developed augmented reality.
Under the guidance of professor Ed Johnston, student researchers within the Michael Graves College have announced Liberty Hall 360.
“Our liberty hall 360 project celebrates an important moment in the history of the United States,” said Johnston.
Liberty Hall 360 is a collaborative research initiative with the Liberty Hall Museum that uses different mixed reality technologies to help create an immersive reenactment of a historic event that took place at Liberty Hall, in the 1700s.
“Using your smart phone you can experience something that happened in the 1700s by simply downloading an app and taking a step back in time,” said Mac Peters, student researcher on the project, who graduated in May 2016 with a major of graphic design.
Liberty Hall 360 will create the wedding of John Jay and Sarah Livingston. The wedding took place at Liberty Hall on April 28, 1774 in the Great Hall of the museum. John Jay was one of the founding fathers and the first chief justice of the United States. John Jay and Sarah Livingston relationship became important to the independence of the United States.
“You will actually be present in the space with everybody that is at this wedding,” James Wright, student researcher on the project, as well as senior, graphic design major. “When you walk in the door you might see servants carrying the food down to tables, or you might see guests waiting around waiting around for the wedding to begin.”
While wearing the virtual reality glasses, individuals can experience the weddings as a guest. The video reenactment can be accessed through downloading an app or accessing it online.
The project has successfully reached the goal of $5,000, through the KeanLift Crowdfunding Campaign, towards the purchase of a high quality 360-degree video camera. More information in regards to Liberty Hall 360 can be found on the KeanLift website.