Samsung Culture Explorer app. Credit: Samsung
As Singapore celebrates its golden jubilee this year, have you wondered how the landmarks in the republic have evolved over the past 50 years? You can now find it out for yourself through Samsung's Culture Explorer mobile app.
Developed in collaboration with the National Heritage Board and National Parks, the app will facilitate understanding and "appreciation of the history behind Singapore's heritage landmarks," said Esther Low, Acting Head of Corporate Marketing, Samsung Electronics Singapore.
Using augmenting reality technology, the app detects certain features in the heritage sites before displaying a timeline of old photos of the landmarks. Users could then superimpose photos of themselves on these old photos via the app to make it seem that they've went back in time.
Timeline of old photos of the National Museum of Singapore.
Users superimposing themselves onto old photos.
Besides photos, the app will provide the history and interesting information of the landmarks. For example, the stately dome at the National Museum of Singapore is made up of fish-scaled zinc tiles and 50 coloured glass panels.
According to Low, the app also aims to pique the younger generation's interest in Singapore's heritage. Samsung is thus offering to train teachers to conduct guides, as well as loan android devices for the students to use for free. Students could then use the devices to complete an activity sheet featuring five simple questions on landmarks to redeem heritage prizes such as pick-up sticks, five stones and chapteh.
Gan Eng Seng Primary School and Yangzheng Primary School are currently piloting this school outreach programme.
The free Culture Explorer app is now available for download from the Google Play Store. While the current app only features information on the National Museum of Singapore, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, it will include The Arts House and Raffles Hotel by July 2015.
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