DuSable Museum AR Tour Chosen for Smithsonian Affiliation National Conference: “Re-Booting with Interactive Augmented Reality”

The DuSable Museum of African American History, partnered with Avidity Technology, Google, and powered by BUNDLAR – Augmented Reality (AR) Made Easy – has been selected by the Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference to lecture about the success of the Mayor Harold Washington AR exhibit launched in April.

The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference 2019 is scheduled to take place between June 23-26 at the Hilton in Washington, D.C. The speech titled “Re-Booting with Interactive Augmented Reality” will be presented by Perri L. Irmer, President & CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History, Mark A. Hall, Vice President of Avidity Technologies, Inc., and Mary Ann Thornton, Director of Operations of Avidity Technologies.

The description of the lecture: “In 2018, The DuSable Museum used a Google grant to fund technology infrastructure improvements, as well as to develop new technology features for the museum’s permanent exhibit, The Harold Washington Story. The most exciting component was a new augmented reality app, The Augmented DuSable Museum. The technology merges the ideas of developers, designers, content creators, curators and others, and results in an engaging product that will enhance the museum experience. This session will present the challenges and successes experienced during the planning and implementation of the project, and the ongoing realization of this exciting re-boot at the nation’s oldest independent black history museum.”

During the lecture, Perri, Mark, and Mary Ann will utilize printed images to showcase a variety of the exhibit’s AR capabilities during a live demo.

VIDEO: A 3D animated Mayor Harold Washington greets you when you enter the exhibit.

When a visitor enters the exhibit, a giant mural is the first thing they see. Through a visitor’s smartphone and the DuSable Museum AR app (Android / iOS), the art will trigger a 3D animated Mayor Harold Washington that introduces them to the exhibit .

Users aim their phone’s camera at different images or objects throughout the exhibit, each launching an AR Media Player with images or video, informational copy, and a trivia question. A list screen with images and short descriptions directs visitors to each artifact.

IMAGE: Users will scroll through a list to see what images or objects they need to point their camera phone at to trigger an informational media player (image four), the 3D introduction, or an AR photo booth.

On the way out, visitors will be able to take a picture with an animated 3D Mayor Harold Washington using BUNDLAR’s AR Photo Booth.

VIDEO: Take a picture with a 3D animated Mayor Harold Washington using BUNDLAR’s AR Photo Booth.

Phase Two of the project will expand the AR experiences on the tour to include a digital puzzle, coloring book, and an animated 3D submarine submerging.

To learn more about AR and how BUNDLAR — AR Made Easy! — can help you reach your augmented reality goals, visit BUNDLAR.com and contact info@BUNDLAR.com.