SCARLET – Augmented Reality with Special Collections

SCARLET, or “Special Collections using Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching”, is an exciting new venture at the John Rylands Library. The team have been looking into new and exciting ways to implement technology in teaching and learning.

SCARLET captures and enhances the magical experience of studying first-hand medieval manuscripts, landmark editions and modern literary archives. While viewing an object first-hand, students will use AR markers and/or location-specific triggers to call up supporting materials via mobile devices to help them interrogate, interpret and contextualise the object: to ‘turn the pages’ of a digital facsimile, zooming into details invisible to the naked eye; to hear a text spoken in Middle English; to view online facsimiles of cognate objects in the JRUL and other libraries; to call up metadata; to read secondary literature; and to engage with teaching materials prepared by the tutor. (Source)

The project blog has some fantastic information, pictures and video of what the team have developed so far. Make sure to sign up for updates!

Try it out for yourself below! (requires mobile device and free download)



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