New York Rising

New York Rising

New York City, NY | 2011

The Federal Wall engages visitors in the relationships between objects, events, ideas and people. The wall uses art, historic documentation, period ephemera, and the words and deeds of historic figures in conjunction with digital displays and augmented reality to tell the story of the Founding Period.

Five 46” touchscreens merge the physical environment of the display wall with computer-generated imagery, text and visual effects. Visitors explore this augmented reality by rotating the screens to view objects physically present in the environment and interact with their virtual representations, associated text and additional virtual objects stored in the collection. The layers of virtual information makes visible the connections of all present objects and expands interpretation.

Each augmented reality station consists of one 46” touchscreen mounted portrait style on a custom designed pillar which stands on the floor. The screens are about eight feet away from the wall to allow people to get up close to the objects. Each screen pivots horizontally and an attached rotation sensor monitors its orientation. They can pivot to the left and right, allowing access to neighboring gateways.