A good part of this summer was dedicated to the wrapping up of  “FLIPs Path Through History” augmented reality historical application (now available on the Apple store here).  This project was funded by a grant from Empire State Development In collaboration with The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.   It was run by Rick Lagiewski, Steve Jacobs, Shaun Foster and Joe Pietruch.

This app contains work done by multiple colleges and disciplines at RIT.  In the College of Design work was done by Professor Shaun Foster and a large group of 3DDD and VCD students: Matt Tidridge (student art lead), Deanna Giovinazzo, Nicholas Burkhart, Michael Borba, Richard Borba, Nika Samsoneko, Alex Berkowitz, Melissa Kruger, Michiel Hollister, Thomas Walker, Jenny Kyong Ah Lee, Nicholas Golden, Muzi Meng – User Interface lead and Wenyu Ouyang – Logo Design




The FLIP application is intended to be downloaded by visitors to historical sites in the Finger Lakes before or at the start of their visit to build a more interactive experience for travelers visiting sites with traditional offerings, while adding to the interactive experiences already in place at some.   It was presented in a “scavenger hung” format with trivia, spot the difference and augmented reality challenges and badges awarded when activities are completed.

Augmented reality recognizes various images within the environment and using computer vision algorithms tracks and alters the real world view through the camera on the user’s smart device.  This provides an experience not often found at the museum or historic attraction.  The goal is to help provide a new way to see the environment as well as and connect the user to additional information.

The app was launched on July 17th at RIT’s MAGIC center with notable personalities in attendance.  

A presentation was made about this project at the 2014 SIGGRAPH conference education forum.  This project was a very successful multi-college, multi-discipline collaboration.

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