Nima Yasrebi, a master's grad of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, welcomed a dozen people onto a bus Friday to give them a tour of the university's downtown Toronto campus unlike any other.
With their smartphones pointed at the windows, the passengers were able to use an app developed by Yasrebi to see images and infographics overlaying Innis College, Convocation Hall and other campus landmarks.
Yasrebi's startup ARnocular – which was supported by U of T's Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL) and the science-oriented business incubator The Impact Centre – is in talks to design versions of the app for an international tour bus company in Berlin and other European cities, he said.
The app uses augmented-reality technology similar to that of Pokémon GO to add a new dimension to a guided tour.
Helen Kontozopoulos, co-founder and co-director of DCSIL, acted as the morning's tour guide. DCSIL has been raising money for Arnocular to fine tune its application.
"We're becoming more visual people," Kontozopoulos said. "This technology is taking us in that direction."
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