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Historic Blenheim AR

An app revealing inscriptions, dating back to the 20th century, invisible to the naked eye and made visible thanks to laser scanning and AR.

Can we make visible what is naked to the naked eye, and can we thereby reveal stories that were previously untold?

A look at the laser scanning that was done at Historic Blenheim.

Historic Blenheim is a 19th century heritage site in Fairfax, Virginia. It was a site during the American Civil War, and the interior of the building holds century-old graffiti. Following laser scanning done by a team of laser scanning specialists, we now have images where we can see inscriptions that were previously invisible to the naked eye.

Laser scans revealing inscriptions that were partly obscured, and inscriptions that were completely hidden to the naked eye.

This is where my team came in. My responsibility was to lead the design efforts on creating an AR app that would make these laser scans visible to site visitors.

Telling the story. The AR app would guide visitors around the interior of the heritage site, and explain the details behind each inscription.

Site visitors would arrive to the site, see the app advertised, download the app, and then explore the site and use it as a sort of x-ray device, where as they point at a particular wall, the corresponding laser scan would be overlaid on screen, allowing them to see the invisible.

Seeing the unseen. Using the AR app visitors can see inscriptions that are invisible to the naked eye.

In about a day's work, I completed the conceptual design mockups, which allowed my team to sync up with the project stakeholders around the possibilities and expectations of the app. They also came in handy as anchor for discussions around build estimation and technical feasibility.

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