Jan 28 2018
Express-News Editorial Board | Saturday, January 27, 2018
The development phase of an Alamo master plan is still in the works. It promises to reimagine the Alamo experience for visitors, with a focus on the 1836 battle. Meanwhile, we asked the makers of and researchers behind the Alamo Reality app — a program that will allow visitors to take a virtual tour of the Alamo on their cellphones as they walk through the site — to tell us about Alamo history and how they can be so sure they will get it right.
Jan 14 2018
San Antonio: KENS 5 | January 14, 2018
KENS 5, a local television station in San Antonio, interviewed Michael McGar about how he Experience Real History app will help visitors understand the Alamo and what occurred there. They state “A new app debuts in March that will use technology to bring the battles of the Alamo to life.” View story.
Dec 21 2017
Austin Biz Journals | December 21, 2017
The Witte Museum is investing in augmented reality technology developed by an Austin company for an upcoming exhibit.
Imagine Virtua Inc., which develops virtual reality and augmented reality productions, is creating several historic scenes to debut at the museum in March 2018 as part of San Antonio’s tricentennial celebration. View Article
Dec 18 2017
San Antonio, WOAI Talk Radio | December 18, 2017
CEO Chipp Walters says his company, Imagine Virtua, with the help of the top historians and virtual reality artists in the world, is putting together an ‘Augmented Reality’ tour of the Alamo which will go live in March. He says there will be two displays. One wil be at the Witte Museum, where a tabletop diorama of San Antonio in the 1830s will come to life, giving viewers an up close and personal look at the city and the battle.
“You’ll see these little people walking around and fighting,” he said. “You’ll see people in horse drawn carriages, and you’ll see the people of San Antonio retreat into the Alamo as Santa Ana’s army approaches,” he said.
Aug 14 2017
Rivard Report | Aug 14, 2017
In time for San Antonio’s yearlong Tricentennial (https://www.sanantonio300.org/) celebration, Alamo Reality plans to debut in March an interactive application that enables users to explore the Alamo’s place in history. Using immersive augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technology in the unnamed cellphone app currently in development, San Antonio’s visitors, residents, and students alike can learn about the 1836 battle and key historical figures. View story.
Aug 13 2017
San Antonio Express News | Aug 13, 2017
Design firm Imagine Virtua is using the same “augmented reality” technology that propelled the Pokémon Go frenzy last summer for an app that will allow tourists to interact with virtual versions of Crockett, Mexican soldados and other figures from the historic fight for Texas’ independence, and let them hear from those people what happened at each spot they are standing on. View story.
Jul 28 2017
512 Tech | July 28, 2017
Back in the mid 1990s, designer Michael McGar worked on a big CD-ROM project called “Alamo: Victory or Death.” Especially for its time, it was ambitious — it contained so much material it required two discs, included work from Texas celebrities including Sissy Spacek and Dan Rather, and includes a 3-D model of the Alamo itself.
Now, McGar and longtime education technology leader Chipp Walters want to revisit the famous 1836 battle and the history around the San Antonio site with “Alamo Reality,” a virtual/augmented reality project they hope to release by March 1, 2018 for iOS and Android devices.