Alamo Reality

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  • The Forgotten Women of the Alamo

    Of the many stories about the Alamo, one of the least understood is the roll women played. There were three distinct, but very similar groups of woman. First, there were women and children who were sheltered in the Alamo during the siege and assault. 
    The second group of women were just outside the Alamo. They followed…

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  • Storytelling in a Non-Linear Medium

    In developing the concept for the Alamo AR experience we realized we would have to invent a new form of storytelling. It had to be non-linear.  Non-linear storytelling exists in film, for instance, Pulp Fiction is a great example. The beginning of the movie is actually near the end of the story. As a viewer…

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  • You Say You Want a Revolution?

    I love books.

    I read them, review them, restore them, collect them, and write them. Growing up as an only child, books became my friends and playmates. Echoing the novelist Neil Gaiman, “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.” My life as a university professor, revolves around books.

    Yet, my years in the classroom…

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  • Augmented Reality: Can it Really be Used in History Class?

    Augmented reality is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. Most people confuse augmented reality with virtual reality.  Virtual reality, creates a totally artificial environment, and to be in that environment, the user is required to strap a device to their face. Augmented reality, in contrast, uses the existing environment and…

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  • Creating a Portal in Time

    When Apple introduced their new iOS 11 ARKit, we knew it would be a great fit for the Alamo Edition. The kit provided a framework to create “portals” and therefore unparalleled augmented reality experiences. Apple states “By blending digital objects and information with the environment around you, ARKit takes apps beyond the screen, freeing them to interact…

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