This month, Londoners will get an eyeful of the world's only existing German Dornier Do17 bomber, thanks to the efforts of the RAF Museum, the ingenuity of Middlesex University's redLoop design center, and a grant from international mega-developer, Wargaming.
The bomber was shot down during World War II and was raised in 2008 from waters off the coast of England. It was then was moved to the Wargaming.net Dornier Interpretation Zone at Cosford and in a project that's likely to revolutionize museum exhibits around the world, recreated digitally. Starting October 16th, lucky visitors to the RAF Museum in both London and Cosford will enjoy this full-scale, augmented reality version of the bomber; they can also see it smartphone-scale, via the free Apparition Dornier17 app. (Visitors to other museums in the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Canada and the U.S. will also be able to use the app to see the Dornier hovering in situ (a fancy phrase that means "on site").
Wargaming's grant demonstrates the firm's enthusiasm for military history and anticipates the impending release (November 13, 2013) of its latest online game, World of Warplanes. The company's goal in donating time and money to the Dornier project is to connect with a generation that's grown up with augmented reality but drifted away from museums. "Young people are used to interacting with content in ways that museums are only just beginning to explore. Wargaming.net is pushing the envelope to create interactive experiences that will help enrich our historical understanding and bring a new generation to museums," states Wargaming's Director of Special Projects, Tracy Spaight.
As a result of the Dornier 17 project, conservators have developed new techniques and technologies that will benefit museums around the world with useful new educational tools.