TUI Tests The Use Of Augmented Reality In Its Activities

Travel company TUI tests the use of augmented reality in its activities

TUI Destination Experiences, under whose umbrella the TUI Group has bundled its activities, excursions and round trips, is testing the next generation of travel experiences. The world’s leading provider of destination experiences is currently conducting tests in Palma de Mallorca on the use of augmented reality on excursions and other travel activities.

By Mixed Reality I/O

Augmented reality allows holidaymakers a new more exciting access to historical facts and stories, and takes into account the increasing desire of guests to explore cities and towns on their own.
Chris Carmichael | Head of Innovation | TUI Destination Experiences

While the raised umbrella of the city guide still dominates the picture during city tours today, tourists with stereoscopic augmented reality glasses could spray a touch of science fiction in the future. The glasses allow holidaymakers to explore places individually without losing any inside knowledge. In the future, information, photographs, videos and 3D models will be shown right in front of what you are looking at.
In the test that TUI Destination Experiences is currently conducting in Palma, users can learn more about an artist whose paintings they are currently viewing. Later they are transformed into the Middle Ages and see the famous dragon that is said to have terrorized the city in the past.
TUI Destination Experiences is working together with Mixed Reality I/O during the trial run on Mallorca. The trial phase, which will last several weeks over the winter period, is intended to provide TUI Destination Experiences with insights into how the technology can best be used to offer customers the greatest added value.
The TUI Destination experience has been implemented on the Epson BT-300 AR head mounted display utilizing the Epson optimized version of the Wikitude SDK leveraging its location-based AR, image recognition as well as the object & scene recognition capabilities.

Why Wikitude ?

Tourism is full of potential for immersive technologies, whether in virtual reality for planning the holiday or in augmented reality during the stay in the destination. As the world’s leading company in the sector, TUI is excellently positioned to offer new value-added experiences to travelers with such innovative services.
Andy Gstoll | CEO | Mixed Reality I/O

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