Old Toys, New Tricks: Ayala Museum's diorama exhibit comes to life with the AV Reality App
Keep your app focused on an English-speaking Andres Bonifacio!
(SPOT.ph) If you were kind enough to have taken our suggestion to visit the Ayala Museum over the Independence Day holiday, then you would've been one of the first to experience the addition of Augmented Reality to their iconic Diorama Experience of Philippine History. It's the first of its kind in the Philippines and Asia, with the museum taking another step towards reaching out to younger visitors and cultivate in them a love for art and learning.
The AV Reality app, developed with the Harish and Johnsen Group, works in the simplest way possible: Point and listen. Android users can download it from Google Play or, if that's too much of a commitment, iTouch units are available in the museum. Once the app has loaded, hold your device steady and watch as additional effects give dimension to the enshrined historical events.
Note that the objects don't move, but the little details added by the app do make a difference. In particular, the narration and pieces of dialogue add some context to the scenes and additional trivia is always nice.
Countless visitors have enjoyed the dioramas in the museum since its inaugration in 1974, and with this new facet, perhaps even more people will appreciate their efforts to tell our history in a compelling manner. We tried the app and were fascinated by Andres Bonifacio, urging people to "Tear it up! Tear it up!"
Photos courtesy of the Ayala Museum. The Ayala Museum is at Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. Admission fees to the museum apply. Check out Ayala Museum’s official website for complete details.