Exhibition of Museum Treasures in Augmented Reality
The BBC has launched its first augmented reality app, Civilisations AR. Developed by BBC Research & Development, BBC Arts, and Nexus Studios, the app features more than 30 fascinating artifacts from museums across the UK that have been digitally scanned and are now available to view in 3D as part of a new virtual exhibition. Civilisations AR is available to download for free for iOS and Android. It was developed as part of a major collaboration between the BBC and more than 30 museums and galleries as part of the Civilisations Festival. The app features a range of exhibits, including an ancient Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum, and the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum. At the heart of the Civilisations AR experience is a core “magic spotlight” feature, which allows users to uncover annotations, audio, and imagery to enrich the story of each exhibit. An X-ray function lets students see through or inside an object. They can also use a restoration feature to rub through the layers of history. Students can browse the exhibition geographically, using an AR globe, or via the themes of the series. New exhibits will be added as the series progresses. Cost: Free
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