An Augmented Reality Collaboration

Project team: Dr Tracey Benson (Australia), Aruna Sankaranarayanan (India)

Concept: This project explores augmented reality technologies as a means to develop interactive guided walks.

Objectives: By conceptually building on existing Augmented Reality projects by media artist Tracey Benson, using Aurasma the project team seek to:

  1. Find open source and platform compatible solutions to app development.
  2. Take current photos of monuments, use them as targets and use AR to show related Wikipedia text.
  3. Take current photos of monuments, use them as targets, show historical photos – which will be the history walk. Images may be sourced from Wikipedia Commons.
  4. Take current photos of monuments, use them as targets, and play recordings. Images may also be sourced from Wikipedia Commons.
  5. Look at options for users to create and contribute their own stories, images and data.


Aruna Sankaranarayanan
Aruna Sankaranarayanan is a developer living in Bangalore. She is currently working with a start-up called Brainwave in Bangalore who make science learning more enjoyable through digital apps, books, board games and other tools. Aruna is also a huge Linux and open source enthusiast.

Dr Tracey Benson
Tracey Benson is a media artist, writer and researcher living in Canberra, Australia. Her work explores notions of place through locative technologies, photography, online writing and video. Her work has featured in many international and national emerging media festivals since 1996. Tracey has a MA from QUT, Creative Industries and a PhD from ANU, which explores online environments and social impacts in the geo-physical world. Since 2007, she co-organised the Canberra chapter of Dorkbot and is also Secretary/Treasurer of NZ based organisation Intercreate. This organisation brings together artists, scientists and Indigenous people’s to focus on environmental challenges and sustainable solutions.

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