Journey through time with unique AR app

The Standard (Web)


The Tourism Commission today launched the second phase of the City in Time tourism project in five districts by installing additional augmented reality (AR) markers in 15 designated locations.

“City in Time” is a collaboration between the Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media, the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, and the Tourism Commission.

The mobile application uses AR to offer an immersive experience of Hong Kong. It merges digital images with the real world, juxtaposing modern-day sites with historical scenes.

The 15 additional designated locations of the City in Time project are Chater Garden in Central; the Lions View Point Pavilion at the Peak; six designated locations in Sham Shui Po; and six designated locations in Jordan and Yau Ma Tei, including Waterloo Road, Public Square Street and Canton Road, etc.

The app allows users to explore the 360-degree panoramic artwork unveiling what Hong Kong looked like in the past at the location of the AR marker.

“You can also take selfies against the artistic rendering of the historical panorama and share on social media as well as read about the history of the location,” said Professor Jeffrey Shaw, chair professor of media art at City University’s School of Creative Media.

“It vividly brings back to life Hong Kong’s extraordinary history, users can locate the AR markers in Hong Kong online or via exploration. They simply point their device at the QR code on the marker and download the app.”

He added that users only have to point the device at the face of the pole to activate the information, with each location assigned a specific period in history.

The first phase of the project was already rolled out in seven designated locations in Central and six designated locations in Tsim Sha Tsui on March 25.

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