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UI Design
UX Research


Time Capsule

April 2021

Visualizing History using AR


History plays an eminent role in the cultural representation of any place as heritage sites and monuments reflect the tradition, art, and culture of the previous golden era. Time capsule looks to recreate history by adding another layer of information with the aid of Augmented Reality.

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Design Process

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Current Exploratory Experience

Proposed Exploratory Experience

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To develop an application that enhances the exploratory experience of a traveler/tourist, taking them one step closer to history.

Overlay of accurate historic elements on top of existing architectural physical remains that paints an accurate picture of how it used to be

Problem Statement

While visiting different historical places, most of us try to visualize how things were in the past, what certain spaces were used for, etc. At this point, most of us are dependent on tourist guides or other resources such as booklets while others give up.
How can we solve this problem and expand the opportunity for tourism in India?

By researching existing user journeys and pain points it is understood that there is no technological application that aids one to help them visualize how it was really during the olden times whilst travelling to a place of historic significance.

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Primary Research

As part of understanding the problem in a comprehensive manner, we conducted surveys that were circulated among various age groups and interests

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Research Insights

  • Don’t feel technology becoming invasive

  • Most want the experience to be more exciting

  • Many want to have an immersive experience

  • Many want information at their fingertips

  • Visualizing is given the highest priority

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User Persona




Pain Points with a Case Evaluation

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1. Inaccurate Information and deceit

Derick visits Jaipur and is interested in visiting a bunch of monuments and buildings although unaware of its historic significance.

Derick hires a local guide to take him around. The untrained guide who was chosen for a sparing amount passes on inaccurate details and information about the building, ruining what could have been an amazing experience. 

2. Lack of Flexibility in Exploring

Derick was also promised a complete tour of the complex but missed a lot of parts as the local guide skipped them to save time.

3. Lack of Visualizing aids

Derick decides to explore the next building without the help of a local guide and instead by just reading and understanding the information board.

The information board consists of the building’s significance summarized that are hard to visualize and quite long which are generally not understood in a single reading.

4. Absence of Movable Information

Derick is also not able to take the information board along as he wishes to explore and visually see the spaces as he reads them.

5. Spatial Disconnect

Derick decides to buy a travel book that holds complete information about the building as he walks along and explores. Ramesh although now aware of the information is unable to spatially connect with the building and its architecture as there are no objects or machines that used to exist back in the days that would help him understand the scale and functional significance of the building.

User Flow

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Story Board

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Information Architecture

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Task Flow

Time Capsule
Time Capsule is one of a kind AR application that uses 3D-fed models from a database to overlay over physical monuments in real-time.

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The user is prompted to Login or register in the app to provide a customized experience.

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Once logged in, the user is provided with a bunch of available AR tours based on the location detected.

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Current location

AR Time Flow Cards



User Account

Input Location

Discover tab

Instant Tour

AR Places

Discover Card
The card explains the location in detail and helps users to start an augmented tour from a specific start point

Location Detail

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AR Tour
Once the AR tour is started the location comes to life with help of pre-modeled objects from the database relevant to the location and the time in which it existed. The AR projected in the camera provides a very realistic feel of the entire space as it would have been back in the day.

Textual Aid

Quick Capture

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Audio ON/OFF

Torch ON/OFF

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Instant Tour
The scan option lets the user get into the action instantly by scanning the QR code seen at these specific locations.

AR Places Tour
AR places detect nearby available virtual tours that give the users a chance to explore sitting in the comfort of home.

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Developing Web AR
Glitch Engine used for building web AR 

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Index panel in glitch

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Blender used for 3D Model making

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Web AR interface in mobile

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Working web AR link :

The Actual Experience


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