Yamato Museum AR app

Yamato Museum (Hiroshima, Japan) Augmented Reality App Released

XOOM has released a new augmented reality app called “Yamato Museum AR”. It’s an AR app that was designed to make the visit to the Yamato Museum (大和ミュージアム), a Museum in Kure, Hiroshima, Japan—more enjoyable, deepen your understanding of the “Yamato” battleship

A bit about Yamato from Wikipedia:

Yamato (大和) was the lead ship of her class of battleships built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) shortly before World War II. She and her sister ship, Musashi, were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed, displacing 72,800 tonnes at full load and armed with nine 46 cm (18.1 in) Type 94 main guns, which were the largest guns ever mounted on a warship.

Yamato battleship 1941
Yamato Battleship trial, 1941 (via Wikipedia, public domain)

The app explains the mechanism and movement of the Battleship “Yamato” that is presented there using 3d models, image text and voice. The app is available in Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English language as well.

You can view the experience from different sides of the ship. There are a total of five AR sport around the ship which projects augmented content for you to learn more about its different parts.

It’s great to see augmented reality technology is used to deepen the understanding of historical events and enhancing the experience even more. It’s not the first time I’ve heard about AR being used in museums. I remember encountering a company in AWS that partnered with different museums to deliver unique AR experiences to visitors.

The app also incorporated a camera app that allows users to take a screen capture, so you can share the AR experience with other people on social media.

The app is available for both iOS and Android via their corresponding app stores. Keep in mind that according to the official website, the iOS app requires an ARKit compatible iPhone or iPad and the Android app requires an ARCore-enabled device to work.

If you visit Yamato museum, make sure you load up the app and enjoy this augmented reality experience.

Download the app from the App Store here.

Image credit: XOOM, Yamato Museum.