How it works: users download the free Argon app- Argon is an AR-enabled web browser (newly developed by Georgia Institute of Technology). As Argon is further developed and AR expands, the possibility of increased browser compatibility is more likely. Next, users visit the AR site's URL, this will be provided at the site/museum. Then, users view the archaeological site through their mobile device's camera. Users can wander freely through an archaeological site, such as some of the sites controlled by the Ohio History Connection. As they encounter artifacts within their camera frame, they will appear on the screen. Users can opt to view more details about an artifact, such as its excavation details, current location in a museum, and an up-close 3D rendering. Future goals for the project include adding the ability to collect points for finding each artifact. This will likely use a Boolean trigger to ensure that artifacts cannot be triggered more than once, which would allow users to artificially inflate their point count. Another goal is adding the ability to match artifacts found onsite with the real objects in a museum. This will likely feature either a QR code at the museum, or an image match to allow users to match their collected artifacts to the artifacts in the museum. And finally, implementing a fully functional (including gamification) prototype at an archaeological site for user testing.
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