The augmented reality work of Maria Harrington (PhD ’08) has recently been featured in the New York Times.

The article discusses how augmented reality can help  add a new level of excitement to visitors’ experiences at museums. Augmented reality helps brings displays and exhibitions to life.

Harrington’s research featured in the article focuses on the concept of Virtual Nature which is a digital media artifact represented of the real environment, both in quality and accuracy of visual information and data of the real plants. She developed an augmented reality app that was designed to provide a more immersive experience for visitors to the Powdermill Nature Reserve at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The app is intended for use inside and outside museums to extend the learning impact of real dioramas and gardens. Specifically, the app lets users project flowers onto any flat surface to create gardens wherever they go. It also offers visualizations of how deer overpopulation affects Appalachia, where the reserve is.

To read the full New York Times article click here.

To learn more about her app and research in Virtual Nature, click here.