Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, The Franklin Institute, installation view. Photo courtesy of The Franklin Institute.
Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, The Franklin Institute, augmented reality demonstration. Photo courtesy of The Franklin Institute.
For its project Enhancing Views of History: Terracotta Warriors and Augmented Reality, The Franklin Institute will enhance the visitor experience of its exhibition Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor with augmented reality (AR) technology. Terracotta Warriors includes 10 full-size ancient statues and nearly 150 artifacts, which will be experienced by visitors through computer-generated imagery that depicts what the statues may have looked like when they were first built. The AR technology will be accessed through an app on visitors’ mobile devices and will help audiences more fully understand the science of how time and chemical processes affect artifacts.