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Historic storytelling brought to life by technology in Ross

Stories from the early days of settlement at Ross will be told via Augmented Reality and 3D, as part of a new digital initiative.

Utilising GPS technology, Ross Revealed is accessed via a free App, [Uist], and leads the user from one experience to the next, enabling them to enjoy as many of the 29 story stops as they like without requiring internet connectivity.

“This project is perfectly timed with the launch of the Heartlands Drive Journey,” Destination Southern Tasmania CEO Alex Heroys said.

Ross Revealed is exactly the kind of engaging storytelling that encourages exploration and connects people with place; it uncovers the stories of people, places, and events through images, text and audio, allowing visitors to become immersed in the history.”

Visit Northern Tasmania CEO Chris Griffin said initiatives like Ross Revealed from local leadership groups are essential in enabling longer stays in local towns.

An augmented reality dog in Ross. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

“Those stays are enriched by local story telling. It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to leverage this initiative and share it more broadly with visitors to our state,” Mr Griffin said.

Ross Revealed stories will include:

  • The Ross Bridge
  • The Female Factory
  • Jack, a little Jack Russell terrier locally known as “the mayor of Ross”

“These stories and many others have been brought to life through the medium of AR for people to access in at their own pace and according to their specific interests.

“The Augmented Reality experience provides unobtrusive visitor engagement. With no physical evidence, AR does not impact on the visual beauty of the town’s rural and historic landscape and streetscape.

“By viewing certain sites or streetscapes through a device – as you would with a camera – in many of the stories, AR enables the viewer to actually see the scene as it would have appeared at the time, rather than read lengthy descriptions.”

It adds to the suite of existing AR experiences in Oatlands, New Norfolk, Bothwell, Brighton, and Richmond, all available on the Uist app which is currently accessible via iPhone 8 or up. An Android version is currently in development.

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