Augmented Reality


Design Notebooks

Let’s take a few minutes to review some of your design notebooks.

Sarnoff Collection

Let’s tour the collection and review some exhibits from previous classes.

Augmented Reality

What is Augmented Reality?

Reality ———-> AR ———-> Virtual Reality


  • Feature Recognition – markers, QR codes, images, colors, etc.
  • Positioning Data – location, orientation
  • What kinds of devices have cameras, GPS & accelerometers?

Augmented Reality & the Web

WC3 Augmented Reality Group

Why use it in Museums?

  • In exhibition space – provide additional levels of interpretation
  • Outside the exhibition space – extend exhibition reach and provide additional levels of interpretation for digital/print exhibit media

Some AR Toolkit Options

*Appcelerator fans might be interested in this

This is great stuff


  • Break up into teams of 3 or 4
  • Head over to the Aurasma website and signup
  • Using Aurasma Studio, create a a new Aura
  • The follow the instructions to create a demo AR app
  • Use photos or images from the Sarnoff Collection to create your demos


Natural User Interfaces

  • Read the 2012 NMC Horizon Report pp. 31-35
  • Create a new page in your Design Notebook with the heading “Natural User Interfaces”
  • Take a look at some of the examples of natural user interfaces currently used in museums on pp. 33 & 34 of the Horizon Report and write a paragraph about your favorite example.
  • Can you find any other examples of the “Natural User Interfaces” being used “in the wild”?  Jot down a brief description & a link to what you find in your Design Notebook.

NJSM Cultural Heritage Collection

  • Create a new page in your Design Notebook and title it “Project Story ideas”
  • Read “On Objects and Storytelling”
  • Review your notes from our two visits to the NJSM, the Pretty Big Things and Civil War Flags collection pages, the exhibition panels listed on the syllabus
  • Write out three story ideas you think would be compelling for patrons of the NJSM – just a sentence describing the story – you can share more details in class next week

Submitting Your Work

This week’s homework assignment is due next week before class. When you’ve completed them, post a comment on this page (Augmented Reality), including a link to your Design Notebook.

The Dungeon (The Render Room)

Welcome to the final, most tragic, portal, the final destination for all animations and patience. Here is where animation come to render and students wait hours and hours for a mere 5 seconds of videos. This room has created more than just a few existential crises and fits of rage. Very few animation actually survive the rendering process. Most stop midway through and students are forced to render from the start. This concludes the tour of the Animation World. Thank you~ Enjoy the rest of your day!

Current Project on Display: Painting 101

Introduction to Painting

In part of Introduction to Painting, these students will learn the art of expressing themselves through self created images. Materials used will focus on water color, charcoal, and even finger paint.

In this project, students used charcoal to express how their first few weeks of classes have been going. Some have focused on the human anatomy by recreating bones and the skull.

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Current Project on Display: Filmthropology 276

In this class students take stills of popular movies and sequence them in a way that conveys the meaning of the scene in 10 or less stills. This class helps students hone their abilities of setting up camera shots or their ability to act by studying the facial expressions of the actors.

This is one of the many of such projects done over the course of the semester.

Current Projects on Display : Photography 101

Disclaimer: not really true

Class: Photography 101

Exploring life through a lens, learning composition, how a camera works, and how to develop in a dark room.
Project: Around Me
Students were invited to photograph their surroundings with a unique perspective
Check out the course syllabus here:

The Space Behind the Main Staircase, 1st Floor.

If you go to the main staircase on the first floor you will notice that there is a nice cozy space to nap behind the stairs which is easily accessible with a little bit of climbing and crawling. It is said that there was once a student who died here because he was chilling too hard and now his ghost sometimes chills here too.

Best uses of this space: napping, chilling, dozing off, haunting

The Globe Theater Room 202

Welcome dear mortals to the Globe Theater! Home of all of Shakespeare’s works in animated form. Watch Hamlet dramatize every moment of his life through dramatic monologue, or Nick Bottom charm the hearts of all in his portrayal of Pryamus in Peter Quince’s latest hit, The Most Tragic Death of Pyramus and Thisbe.

To see where animation and patience go to die visit the next room, the dungeon, ie: the Render Lab.