Sneak peek: Augmented Alley app

SHELL gas pump, bicycles and other artifacts from Artifact Alley at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

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:

  1. Download the free Augmented Alley app on your smartphone (available for Android or iOS)
  2. Use a computer or tablet screen to view the two images below.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
 

An artifact display at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, including the ornate Union Station lamp.

Using a smartphone, follow the directions above to scan this image of the Union Station lamp using the Augmented Alley app.

An artifact display at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, including a CBC camera, microphone, and recorders.

Using a smartphone, follow the directions above to scan this image of a CBC microphone using the Augmented Alley app.