Durham company uses new technology to tell stories about the city’s past

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — A Durham company is using new technology to tell stories about the city’s past.

The Durham Production Company, a local theater and digital production company, offers a new augmented reality experience with a Halloween twist.

Their AR Ghost Hunt is part of their augmented reality series, “Project Aeschylus”.

In ghost hunting you will find ghosts all around Durham city center and they will hide in your phone.

“It’s all these types of whimsical little guys scattered around the city center,” said JL Klinck, artistic director of the Durham Production Company. “Each one of them is kind of thematic around what they do.”

All you have to do is download a free app called “Membit” and you’ll see a list of AR ghosts to hunt down.

From there, you can click on a ghost and follow the instructions to find one.

“You don’t really understand the impact that [augmented reality] has until you see it,” Klinck said. “It’s here now. It’s happening now. And we want to bring it here.

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When hunting ghosts, you will have the opportunity to find a bartender, a horse-drawn carriage on the street, a ghost who communicates with birds and much more.

Klinck said the ghost hunt is based on fictional characters, but it’s a fun way to bring Durham’s past to life.

The company works with resources such as Durham Public Library and Durham History Museum to bring historical accuracy to their AR experiences.

One of the experiments – the Tobacco Card Scavenger Hunt – follows Clara Von Faucette, a fictional 10-year-old girl who went out shopping with her parents in 1888.

It uses actual locations from the Durham city center scene at this time.

In the experience, participants will help Clara find her collection of lost tobacco trading cards, the precursor to baseball trading cards.

The maps in the AR experience are based on real maps produced at the time.

“We find it really fascinating,” Klinck said. “We think it’s an incredible tool for bringing to life stories that need to be told, and also those that are just fun.”

The Ghost Hunting Experience is free and open to the public. It runs until midnight on Halloween.

For more information on the Durham Production Company, Click here.

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