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Artist and Historian Provides Accuracy to Alamo Augmented Reality App

When it comes understanding the architecture of the Alamo in 1836, Gary Zaboly, author and illustrator of many non-fiction accounts including An Altar for Their Sons: The Alamo and the Texas Revolution in Contemporary Newspaper Accounts, is considered one of, if not the, top expert in this field. His hand-drawn illustrations and paintings are widely accepted as the most accurate ever created.  He is precise because his creative process begins with a thorough understanding of every detail of the battle, including the surrounding flora, terrain, and structures. His historic architectural images of the Alamo scenes are displayed around the Alamo today.

When building the models for the Augmented Reality app, Imagine Virtua naturally turned to Mr. Zaboly for help. The developers recreated his illustrations in exact 3D models. When viewing the images in the Augmented Reality app, users can inspect the structures as closely as they choose, from every angle. Sometimes it took many iterations, but Mr. Zaboly placed his stamp of approval on every rendering.

You can see more of Mr. Zaboly’s work in the books linked below. Of note, two of them are authored by another Experience Real History: Alamo Edition team member, Dr. Stephen Hardin.

Blood of Noble Men: The Alamo Siege & Battle

Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution, 1835-1836

Texian Macabre: A Melancholy Tale of a Hanging in Early Houston

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