The Collaborative Composite Image: The MAG Project

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Session Description
This presentation is about the process, pitfalls, results and reactions we experienced with our experimental collaborative augmented reality project for mobile devices.

Our objective is to demonstrate and discuss our collaboration and our use of augmented reality to connect students to the community, engaging them outside of their comfort zone, and to use server-based content (AR) to enhance the experience of traditional museum-goers in a nontraditional way. Secondarily, we will discuss how we leveraged social networking to improve the collaborative spirit among students who not only did not know one another, but represented entirely different disciplines.

This project was developed as a joint effort between the 3D Digital Design and Photography departments; additional students came from the New Media Design and Film and Animation programs. Further contributions were made by the department of Color Science, and by the curators and historians at the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG), an art museum in Rochester, New York.

Students researched the works they saw during a curator-led tour of the MAG, and formed working partnerships during class discussions and afterward via contact through social media.

Students used existing imaging and animation software to create relevant overlays that are experienced using the Aurasma AR platform (which powers our own “skinned” application). These transformations are now part of the exhibit at the MAG, which is now promoting our work as a regular attraction for visitors to the museum.

David Halbstein, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, USA
Susan Lakin, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA

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