Augmented reality or simply ‘AR’ is the superposition of computer generated content onto real-time views of the world. The process combines technologies now commonly embedded in mobile phones, including a digital camera, GPS, compass and accelerometer.
The Virtual Watervliet AR channel was used on location at the Shaker site for over three years, and it was a fascinating way to explore with smartphones the history of the Shaker community while walking through the historical site. It provided information about multiple points of interest, as existing and demolished buildings, landscape features, and historical photographs among others.
The augmented reality channel (AR) became inactive at the end of December 2015 due to the changes in the software platform employed to develop the interface. We hope the AR experience can be available in the near future.