Pokemon-style App used to promote archaeology museum

Techies at the University of the Algarve have developed an ingenious smartphone App to promote Loulé’s archaeology museum.

Running along similar lines to the “Pokemon Go” game that has swept the world, the so-called “augmented reality App” is designed to make visitor experiences “more interactive and fun”.

Guests need only point their cellphone camera at exhibits to see “digital animations” that help bring everything to life, reports TSF radio.

Pointing the camera, for example, at an ancient hammer produces a video of it being used by early humans.

University computer buffs have been developing the technology for the last year, explains the station – adding that the App also allows users to play an ‘augmented reality version’ of strategy game Nine Men’s Morris.

Entitled ‘Histórias escondidas no museu municipal de Loulé’ (Hidden Stories of Loulé Museum), the App can be downloaded free from the App Store and Google Play.

Meantime, the museum awaits, from Tuesday to Friday, opening times 9.30am to 5.30pm, and Saturdays, from 9.30am to 4pm.