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. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on August 25, 2010.
About this project
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.
Lieutenant: Listing of your name, or a "secret name" on our "Order of Battle," posted online at our blog. Are you a Yank or a Reb? Infantry, cavalry, or artillery? Let us know, we're keeping a running total for bragging rights.. Check our daily updates on our Kickstarter blog..
Captain: + (in addition to the above) We'll announce your generosity on Twitter and Facebook, as well as your admirable commission as Captain.. You're in grand company- think of Captains Pearce, Honeycutt, and Crunch!
Major: + We will handcraft a handsome web badge for you to proudly display on your blog, Facebook page, email, fine china, etc.
Lieutenant Colonel: You're better than a Major! You're obviously all about rank, we appreciate your support!
Colonel: + As a gift for your appointment to "full bird," we'll offer you your choice of one of our delightfully cheeky history/tech geek t-shirts (check our blog posts for a peek at the designs)
General: + A customized postcard announcing your commission. And, of course, a prominent listing in our "Order of Battle." Don't forget to choose your own staff, your horse, and your quirky Civil War facial hair.
Major General: + An extra t-shirt, your choice of design. You'll also have the highest military rank in our "Order of Battle"- an impressive conversation starter!
President: + We'll list you as a Partner on our website and publications, offer you around the clock Secret Service protection (just kiddin') and vote for you in 2012.
- (55 days)