Augmented reality archives bring historical artifacts to life | EdTech


A new application makes it possible for students to explore delicate historical artifacts without ever laying a finger on them.
The Augmented Archives project, started through a partnership between the Washington College Archives and Washington College’s Academic Technology Department, brings artifacts to life “using augmented reality technology to make rare documents, fragile artifacts and curator commentary videos accessible to exhibit visitors.”

“I see this as a great way for us to change the way we are engaging with our artifacts,” says Heather Calloway, archivist and special collections librarian at Washington College in a video on the project. “We could take something out and digitize it in various ways.”

Recognized by Campus Technology as some of the leading education futurist tools of 2018, the Augmented Archives could have a significant impact on how students interact with research materials as they produce papers and projects.

Augmented reality designed by students for students

Augmented Archives began as a student initiative, designed to address a concern for the Washington College Archives: “In an increasingly technological world, how do we leverage emerging technologies to connect viewers with the historic objects in our collections?”

With school funding, students used HP’s Aurasma AR software — recently renamed HP Reveal — to create the AR content attached to each recorded piece from the library’s archive . . .

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