Holograms and History: Developing the Catalina HoloLens experience

Lightning Talk
Arul Baskaran, Museum for Applied Arts and Sciences, Australia, Matt Adcock, CSIRO, Australia

Virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) offer great promise in shaping museum experiences however the technology is relatively new and rapidly evolving. How might Australian museums prepare for what these technologies could offer visitors?

In 2017 the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences partnered with CSIRO to prototype an experience using AR technology. The goal was to investigate how AR could tell a deeper story about an iconic object in the MAAS Collection – the Catalina Frigate Bird Seaplane.

The application uses the Microsoft HoloLens platform to display an animated journey map, archival photography and a realistic 3D holographic model of the seaplane to tell a collaborative historic story amongst a group of museum visitors.

The presentation will include a live demo of the Catalina AR prototype, a discussion of how the team used this new digital storytelling format, the production workflows involved, gesture based interaction design, challenges and key learnings.

Short video about the Catalina Augmented Reality project: