Mobile Android app - electronic guidelines for sighseeing of old Nis using augmented reality technology
The application Stari Niš is a travel guide that through the lens of the camera shows the greatest attractions of the Serbian city of Niš in the past. It combines modern technology such as Augmented Reality on mobile devices, with historical photographs and interesting information about the ancient urban Niš.
In this way, the user acquires knowledge of the layout of the city in the past.
The application Old Nis is an interesting interactive guide for tourists, because it can be used not only as a rich source of information about the past, but also as a means of better orientation in the city.
The application displays old photos of monuments and buildings in Niš over the real objects that the user is watching. They are mapped using GPS coordinates of the attractions. The location of the user in place is obtained at the moment when the application starts with the help of GPS receiver and sensors built-in the smart phone. Photos are displayed in real time on the basis of data from a web server. When the user selects one of the building, a window opens with a larger image and detailed description. It is possible to select one of category of the sights or to obtain all the objects within the frame. However, an user can suggest or post interesting locations with adequate photos from the past via the app and improve the guidelines.
With this app the whole historical city center become a Cyberpark. It allows users to contribute to its enhancements and participate in the improvement of guidelines, and at the same time app is an education tool.
ARhiMedia group - Ciitlab at Electronic Faculty, University of Nis