Augmented Reality (AR) is a booming technology that enhances the real world with virtual objects. Using an AR system, virtual objects are integrated into the real world in real time, allowing users to believe that the real and virtual objects coexist in the same environment. Such systems are highly user interactive and can be applied in many fields such as medical, industrial, manufacturing and education. This paper focuses on two areas, namely exhibition and entertainment.
This paper is organized into four sections. The introduction provides a brief overview of AR and its various applications specifically in the areas of exhibition and entertainment. The second section discusses in detail about AR in exhibition. This is followed by a presentation of AR in entertainment in the third section. The fourth and last section concludes the paper.
In recent years, different types of exhibitions have been increasing and are more widely accessible by the public. The purpose of exhibitions is to present objects to the public, showcasing as much information of the objects as possible. For exhibitions to gain more public appeal, classical presentations such as signboards and static graphics have been surpassed. Instead, new technologies like AR and human-computer interaction are employed to inspire new forms of exhibitions to satisfy the demands of the public. Common applications of AR in exhibition include museum guidance, cultural heritage reconstruction, as well as digital art and commercial exhibition showcase. It can be seen that AR has indeed brought about an evolution for exhibition as it combines real and virtual information in a novel and engaging way.
Museums exist to collect and preserve objects so that future generations have the opportunity to learn about mankind’s history from them. While visiting museums, museum guidance is provided to lead visitors through the exhibition in a sensible order. Museum guidance can come in forms of docent-led tours or self-guided tours. It is often that visitors prefer self-guided over docent-led tours since self-guided tours allow visitors to view the museum exhibit at their own leisure. However, visitors may find the...