In San Francisco, there are several great places to visit, including the Asian Art Museum. Yesterday, I was invited to check out its latest exhibition, China’s Terracotta Warriors, and test out its new iOS application that it hopes visitors will find enhances their experience.
The app uses augmented reality to help display more educational material about specific parts of the exhibit.
About the Terracotta Warriors
China’s Terracotta Warriors is all about these ancient Chinese objects from the Qin dynasty (221-206 BCE). It features ten life-size terracotta figures along with 110 rare objects found from underground sites surrounding Qin Shihuang’s, China’s First Emperor, tomb. If you’ve ever traveled to Xian in China and visited the sites, you’ll know that it’s a massive complex and it’s still being excavated. The Asian Art Museum has brought a very small piece of the findings to the US.
With its augmented reality app, the museum not only offers information about the exhibit, but also a camera feature to display the content. What this means is that throughout the three exhibition rooms, there are six placards that when scanned using the app, will display 3D content and videos onto “real space”.
The museum says that users can view these virtual objects at various angles in real environment, take photos, and share it to Facebook. The app will work for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.