Missing museum visits during the COVID-19 lockdown?
The Canada Science and Technology Museum is now offering a fun “sneak peek” of a new augmented reality (AR) app that you can try from home!
The Augmented Alley app — available for free download — lets visitors take a deeper dive into selected artifacts on display at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Read more about the app in the article, Augmented Alley: The future meets the past in museum’s new app.
While the museum is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19, users can get a sneak peek at how the app works right now; all you need is a smartphone* and a computer or tablet!
Here’s how to get started:
- Download the free Augmented Alley app on your smartphone (available for Android or iOS)
- Use a computer or tablet screen to view the two images below.
- Sitting in front of your computer or tablet, launch the app on your smartphone and choose your preferred language. Ensure your volume is turned up.
- Skip the tutorial and you will come to a “Map of Artifact Alley.” Holding your smartphone up to the first artifact image below, tap the “Scan” button. This will trigger an animated surprise!
Hint: Try moving the phone slowly from side to side, to get the right angle.
- Repeat step four with the second artifact image below.
*Note: The Augmented Alley app is designed to be used with a smartphone that is less than three years old. Older smartphones may not work effectively with the app.
Using a smartphone, follow the directions above to scan this image of the Union Station lamp using the Augmented Alley app.
Using a smartphone, follow the directions above to scan this image of a CBC microphone using the Augmented Alley app.