NHF uses augmented reality to promote historical preservation

NHF New Signage

Natchitoches Historic Foundation President Cathy Seymour said the addition of new signage at their headquarters, the Cunningham Law Office, will allow them to use augmented reality to advertise the historical significance of the building, the Mildred Bailey Park behind it, and its availability as a rental space for events.

The sign uses the app “HP Reveal” (formerly Aurasma), which changes the way people interact with the physical world. HP Reveal allows people to discover augmented reality (AR) experiences, create their own AR, and share the magic.
When visitors scan the NHF’s sign using their phones and the HP Reveal app, a video pops up that gives them a tour of the inside of the Cunningham Law Office and its history.

Dr. Begoña Perez-Mira, professor of computer information systems at Northwestern State University, created the AR system for the NHF.

“It’s great that the NHF is using this augmented reality software,” she said. “It’s a great marriage between history and utilizing technology. There’s just so many possibilities.”