Museums have come a long way since glass cabinets and panelled text boards. Many of them have adapted throughout time to ensure that they keep the next generation enthralled and engaged with history. It, therefore, comes as no surprise to learn that a few museums have already taken the leap into augmented reality, with some innovative results.
Augmented reality is different to virtual reality in that it enhances, or as the title suggests, augments your reality. Virtual reality, on the other hand, plunges you into an environment that is, usually, wholly and radically different to the one in which you are in.
The augmented reality experience in The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., for example, enables the museum visitor to see what their display of animal skeletons would have looked like fleshed and in motion, simply by holding up a tablet or smartphone to the skeleton itself. This experience, far from isolating museum visitors, as one may believe, has shown to increase conversation and interaction between fellow museum visitors because of the very nature of the inventive technology, itself.
If you would like to find out more about augmented reality in museums and go and experience it for yourself, take a look at this article by INDE.