The Project was conceived by public educators with tech skills and a desire to offer more interactivity to students and the public at historic sites.
The Civil War Augmented Reality Project was conceived by several public educators with technology experience and a desire to offer more interactivity to students and the general public visiting historic sites. The objective of the project is to develop and implement augmented reality services related to the American Civil War in Pennsylvania, and to modify soon to be released tablet personal computers to allow the general public a chance to experience the applications. The project's inception is planned to give ample development time in the run up to the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, beginning in 2011. It is hoped that early support could generate interest in Maryland and Virginia.
We also propose to construct stationary devices patterned after the "pay binoculars" often found at scenic overlooks. These devices will offer a virtual geographic view from a few hundred yards above the user. Physically swiveling the viewer left and right changes the direction of the view in real time, just as swiveling up and down changes the view. The intuitive nature of the device is intended to invite "non-tech oriented" persons to try the experience, and learn more about AR and the Civil War. We propose that these binoculars be set up at locations across the region touched by fighting in the war. In order to give the user a sense of the historical connections between each location, a nearby screen will project realtime webcam images of people using the devices at other locations.
WHAT ARE THE GREENBACKS FOR?
* Purchase two tablet pc's to begin modification and testing for rugged AR use
* Pay for wireless data plans
* Build a working prototype of the "pay binoculars" for use at fairs, festivals, Civil War reenactments, etc. to publicize the project and gain additional support
* Build a small scale model of the "pay binoculars" installation for building sponsorship
* Purchase a projector for giving presentations for additional funding and partnerships
* Purchase publicity printing of t-shirts, banners, business cards, and other promotional items
* Web hosting for two years
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WHO EXACTLY IS DRIVING THIS MULE TRAIN?
Jay Vasellas, Red Lion Area High School, York College of Pennsylvania
Red Lion, Pennsylvania Telegraph Office
(Jay is our indispensable link to the pre-Commodore 64 generation)
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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