The present augmented with clues from the past

rchs below stairs posterThis could be interesting: The Rensselaer County Historical Society has an event at the Hart-Cluett House this week in which you'll be able to explore the historic house using an augmented reality app. Blurbage:

Do you have what it takes to succeed "below stairs" in 1850s Troy? Play the part of a servant working in the Hart-Cluett House on a trial day. You'll have to hunt through the house to complete your tasks, and see if you get the job.

As we understand it, participants will need to download an app onto their mobile or tablet. And then as the explore the house, clues will be revealed in an augmented reality view -- basically images or other information laid over the physical world -- through the app.

The event is the result of a collaboration between RCHS and researchers connected to the Emergent Reality Lab at RPI. (Other efforts at the lab have included building a virtual reality setting for teaching Mandarin.)

"Below Stairs" is Wednesday, October 21 from 4-5:30 pm. It's $15 per person / $10 students.

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