Time Travel Windows Via Augmented Reality

What follows is an idea for a Time Travel device using conventional smart phones … no, I’m not saying you could physically go back or forward in time but your phone could show you a window into a past time.

Have you ever heard of Augmented Reality?

It’s a way of using a computer to enhance your view of the world around you with extra information overlaid on what you see and coordinated with your geographic location and tracking your movement and viewing direction.

Some already existing AR systems geared towards bringing History to life for visitors and tourists.

  • At Singularity Hub there’s a good article with a few example videos from the Louvre amongst other places.
  • Pocket Lint also has an article on how AR is getting applied to tourism.
  • Live Science has a short piece on the iTactitus program in Europe. That program ran from 2006 to 2009.

Of course I didn’t know about all of this the other day when I stopped to blog this idea. I’m sure I’d heard about it though – a lot of the work seems to have been done 5 years ago. What has transpired in the mean time though? There are vendors hawking products and services for companies and groups to add AR to their product offerings … it appears it’s taking a while for the marketplace to penetrate the head space of consumers though.

Most, if not all, of the systems I’ve seen in my brief search appear to rely on wireless access to Big Data served up by fast servers. For my specific purpose this would be a problem because many of these Historic Points of Interest are found in the space between towns and cities, where the internet is often not available. Hence my call for a self-contained web server / wireless networking system.

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