Monmouth University professors Mike Richison and Marina Vujnovic and Kean University professor Ed Johnston have created an augmented reality model of the carousel that once stood inside the Carousel House on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The Augmented Carousel requires no special hardware, just a smartphone and the free mobile app Layar.
In the 1990s, the Asbury Park boardwalk carousel was sold to Family Kingdom, an amusement park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The team traveled to Myrtle Beach to conduct research and collect reference images. When the team arrived, they were greeted by a gleaming carousel that was repainted and in complete working order. The colors in the digital model are a direct reflection of this new paint job.