Permanent AR scene

The New GuidiGO AR Composer Makes it Easy for Museums to Create Persistent AR Experiences

GuidiGO AR Composer has been redesigned from the ground up and is now available for iOS. It is specially designed to make it easy for museums and heritage sites to create life-size Augmented Reality experiences anchored in a physical space. Visitors can then interact with animations, soundscapes and contextual information — making the experience of visiting an exhibit or historical site all the more engaging.

What is unique about AR Composer is that digital objects keep their original positions, creating persistent AR experiences shareable across several devices.

To position digital artefacts accurately, AR Composer comes with an easy-to-use 6-DOF (Degrees Of Freedom) Editor. 3D objects can be moved from left to right, up and down, forwards and backwards, including three rotation options. With this unique feature, objects can be placed accurately in any space, in no time.

Superimposing the X-ray view of a mummy with its sarcophagus.
Superimposing the X-ray view of a mummy with its sarcophagus. © GuidiGO

Discover how to try AR Composer at the end of this post.

AR Composer also comes with 2 modes: Creator and Visitor mode. In Creator mode, the museum team can create as many persistent scenes as they want, placing and anchoring their objects wherever they like in the physical space. When this process is finished, the museum simply has to lock the scenes in Visitor mode to make them available on any device running AR Composer. Visitors can then use the devices provided by the venue or their personal device to enjoy the content.

Another perk of AR Composer is that there is no limit to the number of 3D assets that can be uploaded, which gives digital and education teams at museums the opportunity to design scenes with the creativity of a theatrical production. Objects can be animated, interactive and can display data to showcase digital storytelling or contextual information.

List of AR Scenes in Creator mode.
List of AR Scenes in Creator mode. © GuidiGO

There are a number of creative ways to use the app. Examples include:

  • Sharing works that are missing from a collection, whether they are in another museum, being restored, or on loan.
  • Rebuilding archeological monuments – for example, making an entire temple appear where only an ancient column remains.
  • Comparing works to previous versions, or to the artist’s preliminary sketches.
  • Taking complex mechanisms apart and then putting them back together to see how they work. Examples include machines, the human body, the solar system, etc.
  • Making digital characters move around in front of the visitor.
  • Recreating the decor and atmosphere of an entire room in real size, by superimposing its former or future state on top of its current reality.
  • Adding flesh and skin to the skeletons of extinct species, e.g. dinosaurs.
  • Creating digital collaborative artwork.
  • Creating a portal to access a virtual world.
  • Creating a digital character guide to provide specialized tours for children, teens or other visitor groups.

AR Composer saves museums from having to build their own customized application and CMS (Content Management System) from scratch. That way, the majority of the budget can be allocated to creating content and designing compelling visitor experiences.

Try AR Composer now! We are offering AR Composer to museums and heritage sites in private Beta, with several demo assets included. If you are interested, please contact us.