Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Like Archaeology? There's an App for that.

Archaeology is the type of science that allows many to experience the results. Rather than being sequestered in a laboratory away from the public, archaeologists work in the open air to uncover and study the past. And when they are done their results are not necessarily stuck in a file draw or the closet in a museum. In many cases visitors can tour the site and see history for themselves. 

One thing about touring an archaeological site, however, is you need a good bit of imagination. Since what you are touring is often reconstructed ruins, you will need to picture what the city or building in front of you looked like hundreds if not thousands of years ago. Until now that is. 

A company is developing an App for your tablet and smart phone that allows you to view a picture of what the ruins looked like at one time. According to the Times of Israel

There are loads of aids to help prompt those imaginations, from guidebooks to audio recordings to professional guides. But Architip, a new app created by a team of image and archaeology professionals, takes a decidedly high-tech approach to the issue. Using augmented reality (AR) technology, the app lets users see what sites actually looked like long ago, bringing to virtual life a view of the ancient world.
“With Architip, you can see Tel Lachish as it was,” Benvenisti said, “walking through its streets and seeing the reconstruction through your device.” All a user has to do is point their device at a specific point, and Archtip’s technology does the rest.

Read the rest of the article here.

Sounds cool! I can't wait to try it out. 

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