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New Virtual Reality Alamo App Will Bring Texas Hill Country History to Life

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A new app is presently being developed which will allow visitors to the Alamo to walk through its grounds finding certain spots that include additional information and augmented and virtual reality points which will enhance their visit. Remati Investments, Imagine Virtua, and Alamo Reality are currently creating the free app which is scheduled to launch on March 1, 2018.

New Virtual Reality Alamo App Will Bring Texas Hill Country History to Life

Photo: Facebook/Reimagine The Alamo

In a report by KHOU 11, Michael McGar, CEO of Alamo Reality explained that the app will utilize augmented reality, overlaying computer-generated video in the user’s real-time environment. Once completed, it’ll be available for download on a tablet or smartphone across Apple and Android devices, and allow visitors to the historic site a new means of exploring this important piece of history in the Texas Hill Country. “This app works like a suped-up Pokemon, where you walk around the Alamo grounds you’ll find certain spots that will signal that you can look at something and you’ll hold up your phone and see Davy Crockett pop up and you’ll hear the story of what happened,” McGar explained.

New Virtual Reality Alamo App Will Bring Texas Hill Country History to Life
Photo: Facebook/Sears Outlet Store (Dallas)

Users will also be able to select different time periods and see how the Alamo site has changed over time. Considering what can happen in a few centuries, McGar explained, “We know that most people when they come here, they look at the Alamo and they really don’t understand the history. You can take a private tour and you can kind of get something from it but you don’t get to see what it looks like. You don’t get to see the people who were involved in it. You don’t get to hear their stories.” The creators will also look to make additions to the app, including trading cards, a game board, and even a mock battle viewing. The name of this new Alamo tech has yet to be finalized, but users can watch for it in app stores next spring. Using new technology to learn integral details about the Texas Hill Country is a great way to involve younger generations in our history.

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