Augmenting Art with Technology


Art++ is a new augmented reality application that enriches and enlivens the in-gallery experience for museum visitors. Developed in collaboration between Stanford graduate students and Cantor Arts Center staff, Art++ immerses visitors in the history, context, and importance of selected artworks by overlaying relevant content on the tablet viewfinder.

Overlay highlights include historic photos and 360 panoramas that visitors can explore. The learning experience is interactive and self-guided, encouraging visitors to look at art in new and unexpected ways.


We would like to thank the Brown Institute for Media Innovation for supporting us. The Institute, which is a collaboration between Columbia University and Stanford University established in 2012, generously sponsors projects to develop new innovative ways of telling stories.


  • April 2014

    Magic grant application

  • May 2014

    Preparation of the first stories

  • Summer 2014

    Building the initial prototype

  • October 2014

    New York Times coverage

    Our work was featured in a piece about the digital revolution in the museum world: Museums Morph Digitally.

  • Fall 2014

    Expansion of the prototype with basic user interaction

  • Fall-Winter 2014-15

    Selection of artworks, research of the content

  • Winter 2015

    Draft of the user interface, mockups

  • Spring 2015

    Integration of the app with the curated content

  • Summer 2015

    User testing experiment, refinement of the user interface

  • Early 2016

    Development of new features and modes of storytelling

  • Spring 2016

    User interface redesign

  • July - September 2016

    Exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center

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Jean-Baptiste Boin

Lead Developer/Architect

Asia Chiao

Content developer

Skanda Shridhar


Tanja Aitamurto

Lead of Design Research

Ahmed Cherif

Design Research Assistant

Chris Alexander

Cantor Digital Media Manager

Anna Toledano


Bernd Girod


Connie Wolf


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