Augmented reality for heritage

Submitted by lilia.sanz on Monday 27 de November 2017 - 02:2 pm

The augmented reality procedure to interact with the art pieces of the Emilio Bacardi Museum art gallery was considered among the most innovative topics presented this week in the work sessions of the 1st PhD Scientific Workshop "Bringing knowledge into practice". 

Augmented reality is defined as the physical environment of the real world, through a technological device.  As explained by Gilbert Mengana de la Fé, "The visit to this institution can be undoubtedly more attractive from the use of mobile telephony because, when photographing a work with the cell phone, all the information about it is received".

The researcher argues that so far, the use of Augmented Reality for this purpose is innovative in the country. "I thank the specialists of the museum for the reception of this initiative - he says - because although this proposal is not yet available to the public, the working relationships have been excellent and we are sure that it will mark the beginning of its introduction in other heritage institutions of the city".

The proposal is one of the first results of the group of computational applications and advanced applications that is oriented to the internet of things, Augmented Reality and Big Data. "We are several researchers in the specialties of Informatics, Computer Science and Automation – Dionis López Ramos, coordinator of this team, explains. Along with students, we delve into several of the technologies associated with this field. “Above all, we seek to overcome students in a productive environment, focusing on the study and innovation of applications that have a practical and real application in our city."

Regarding the introduction of technologies in the management, promotion and conservation of heritage, Lopez argues that the use of augmented reality allows access to more information about what is seen and, therefore, enhances the management of heritage in the contemporaneity. "Associated with this, there are many things that can be done, we hope to continue working with specialists in the area".

In the upcoming periods of work, the project that tributes to the area of ​​social sciences, humanities and architecture, with the aim ofpromoting heritage in Santiago de Cuba, will pay attention to these issues, which begin to relate with important pieces of research carried out in the Vista Alegre neighborhoud of this city from now on..

Translator: Lilia Sanz Gámez.