“Frictionless" AR: A Museum Exhibit Toolkit

Student Participants

Jerry Hou
Elayna Lei
Ali Rothberg
Abigail Ullendorff
Amy Wang
Lihong Wang

Project Leads

Mark Olson
David Zielinski

Year

2021

Description: 

Museums across the country are actively seeking to enhance visitors' experiences of their collections by turning to mobile and headset-based augmented reality applications. These techniques are excellent for delivering an AR experience, however, they are not well-suited to the museum environment. For example, visitors must own a compatible mobile device and take the time to download an app, or the museum must maintain a fleet of expensive XR headsets for visitor checkout and use, with ongoing maintenance and sanitization requirements. Moreover, the technical skillset required to create these AR apps generally exceeds the expertise of the typical museum staff.

A team of students will work with Duke’s Office of Information Technology, faculty from Art, Art History & Visual Studies, and other partners across campus to develop a graphical user interface (GUI) toolkit for museums to develop “frictionless” AR experiences for their visitors that do not require visitors to use specialized hardware, can easily be experienced by more than one visitor at a time, and can be authored without expertise with code. Students will learn the fundamentals of computer vision as well as UI/UX skills as they develop key components of an interactive museum exhibit authoring toolkit.

Watch the team's final presentation on YouTube.

 

Student Participants: 

Amy

Wang

Amy Wang
Major: 
Computer Science
Minor: 
Chinese
Class: 
Rising Sophomore
Graduation Year: 
2024

I’m a rising sophomore planning on majoring in CS. I enjoy drawing, watching documentaries, and spending time outdoors.

Elayna

Lei

Elayna Lei
Major: 
Computer Science, Visual Arts
Class: 
Rising Sophomore
Graduation Year: 
2024

I'm from Durham, NC. I'm planning on studying computer science and visual arts, so I'm really interested in the intersection between technology and the arts. In my free time, I enjoy making art, watching TV, playing Tetris, and taking walks! 

Abigail

Ullendorff

Abigail Ullendorff
Major: 
Economics, Computer Science
Minor: 
German
Class: 
Rising Junior
Graduation Year: 
2023

Abigail is a rising sophomore from Los Angeles, California majoring in Economics and Computer Science. She matriculated to Duke in 2019 but took this past year off to work in Germany as an Au Pair and become proficient in the language. Prior to Duke, she danced as a Trainee with the Boston Ballet. At Duke, she is involved in Devils en Pointe, Runway of Dreams, and BOW. 

Lihong

Wang

Lihong Wang
Major: 
Math, Computer Science
Class: 
Rising Sophomore
Graduation Year: 
2024

Lihong is a Math and Computer Science major. He has lived most of his life in Dubai, and he likes experiencing different cultures and learning about different ways of thinking. In his future, he wants to find a career path where he can see the impacts of his actions, and where he can continue exploring his love of mathematics.  

Jerry

Hou

Jerry Hou
Major: 
Computer Science, Statistics
Class: 
Rising Sophomore
Graduation Year: 
2024

I’m a rising sophomore from St. Louis. I plan to major in computer science, and am interested in software engineering and entrepreneurship. In my free time, I like to skateboard and really enjoy visiting noodle shops! 

Ali

Rothberg

Ali Rothberg
Major: 
Computer Science, English
Class: 
Rising Junior
Graduation Year: 
2023

Team project manager. Ali is a Code+ 2020 alum and rising junior from Westchester, NY studying Computer Science and English and minoring in Visual & Media Studies. She is interested in exploring the digital humanities both in industry and academia through AR/VR, GIS, UI/UX, and data science as it applies to artistic fields.

Project Leads: 

David

Zielinski

David Zielinski
Department: 
Office of Information Technology - Academic & Media Technologies
Title: 
IT Analyst

Mark

Olson

Department: 
ArtArt Historyand Visual & Media Studies
Title: 
Assistant Professor