AR Technology Awakens Past At Andalusia, Home Of Flannery O'connor

(MENAFN- PR Newswire) MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga., May 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ --
Georgia College & State University
has introduced augmented reality to Andalusia , once home to its famed alumna and popular Southern writer Flannery O'Connor , '45.

Interactive, self-guided grounds tours are now available at Andalusia, allowing visitors to scan a QR code inside the Interpretive Center with their cell phones. This enhances property locations using AR technology to project real-time images and facts about the farmstead for a more in-depth glance into the past.

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A visitor uses her cell phone to see AR-enhanced information while touring Georgia College & State University's Andalusia property in Milledgeville, Georgia.
A visitor uses her cell phone to see AR-enhanced information while touring Georgia College & State University's Andalusia property in Milledgeville, Georgia.

"This new feature is on the cutting edge of delivery methods for interpretation in this area," said Matt Davis, director of Historic Museums at Georgia College. "There's no need to download an app. We've removed as many barriers as possible. Technology without barriers is where we want to be."

By simply scanning a QR code with a smartphone, guests can pull up information about various aspects of the property. For visitors who don't own a smartphone, iPads are provided.

Pop-up information makes guests feel as if they're at O'Connor's old farmstead experiencing the Andalusia of long ago through 3D imagery, panoramic views, videos and sound effects.

As visitors walk where the Nail House once stood, they get a three-dimensional glimpse of the original structure and hear sounds of animals once housed in the pens and runs beside it. When visitors return home, their Andalusia experience continues with just a click of their phone.

guided by docents continue inside O'Connor's home, providing visitors with the traditional interpretive experience at Andalusia, while giving Georgia College students experiential learning opportunities.

"This value-added upgrade, funded by donors, is a remarkable way for guests to interact with Andalusia," Davis said. "We hope everyone comes to experience Andalusia in 3D."

The university partnered with BES Studios and ARtGlass to create the tour.

Georgia College & State University
acquired the Andalusia homestead in 2017. Already on the list of National Historic Places since 1980, the property was named a "Distinctive Destination" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2019 and a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 2022.

For those who can't visit, there are also virtual and 3D tours online. To learn more, visit the Andalusia website or call 478-445-8722.

For additional information and scheduling interviews, please contact:
[email protected] or call 478-445-8668.

SOURCE Georgia College & State University


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