George Washington’s Home Is Getting An AR Tour

by Ian Hamilton • February 1st, 2018

The homes of Presidents George Washington and James Monroe are getting AR tours by way of Epson’s Moverio glasses.

The tours are a production of ARtGlass, a company working to bring augmented reality to mainstream “cultural” tourism.  Monroe’s historic home, known as Highland, is the first place to launch the AR tours with Washington’s Mount Vernon coming online this spring. Visitors can see “3D holograms, videos, pictures and text” mixed in with real-world artifacts.

According to ARtGlass, the company has already provided similar experiences at museums, palaces and ruins in Europe.

“From the beginning, it was our intention to deliver real-world, near-term benefits to the public through the Moverio AR smart glasses,” said Anna Jen, director of augmented reality solutions, Epson, in a prepared statement. “ARtGlass software and strategies, coupled with our glasses, will enable millions of visitors to U.S. historic sites to enjoy transformative experiences.”

Check out the video for a sense of what the experience aims to offer.

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