Budget UTU: 580 000 €

Luostarinmäki Adventure

Futuristic History was a research project developing augmented reality -based solutions and business models for tourism and culture. The project was completed in the end of 2014, and it developed technology demonstrations presenting historical locations and events in new, interesting ways. It also studied economical and efficient ways to make such content and business models that can be profitably used in various cases.


Augmented and mixed reality applications and content are becoming widely available in consumer platforms, like mobile phones and tablets. There is still a lot of work to be done to make the solutions work flawlessly and to create great user experiences. Everything must begin with a good story, and it must be offered in interesting and entertaining ways. Improving all aspects in the offering should result in raised income for historical sites as well as improved economic opportunities in the surroundings. Eventually, high know-how in virtual environment related technology and economy could turn out to generate a lot of new business at the national level.

Holy Ghost Church

The project has published several papers and been presented in conferences and seminars. An application offering a virtual tour inside the Holy Ghost Church has been published for iOS and Android platforms.

The project produced research applications that are not available in public. The Louhisaari Stories app is a collection of short episodes taking place at the Louhisaari manor in Askainen in the 19th century. The Luostarinmäki Adventure in an interactive app where the visitor to the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum is virtually transferred to 1850s at the same location and is participating the daily life and arrangements of a wedding there.


The main building of the Louhisaari Manor dates from the 1650s.



  • L. Viinikkala, O-P. Leskinen, O. Heimo, T. Korkalainen, T. Mäkilä, S. Helle, V. Pönni, J-P. Arimaa, F. Saukko, J. Pääkylä, S. Jokela and T. LehtonenThe Luostarinmäki Adventure – An Augmented Reality Game in an Open Air MuseumNODEM 2014 – Engaging Spaces – Interpretation, Design and Digital Strategies2014

  • L. ViinikkalaKun seinät alkoivat puhua – Futuristic History -hanke ja yhdistetyn todellisuuden mahdollisuudetPopular article in 2014 yearbook of Kotiseutuliitto10/2014

  • K. Uotila, A. Vilkuna, I. Huvila, L. Viinikkala and H. BäfnerAugmented reality and post medieval church – ruins of Holy Ghost Church in TurkuConference on Church Archaeology in the Baltic Sea Region2013

  • L. Viinikkala, T. Korkalainen, J.P. Arimaa, T. Lehtonen, S. Helle, T. Mäkilä, V. Pönni, O. HeimoMixed reality and the Holy Ghost Church in TurkuNordic Digital Excellence in Museums NODEM 2013 Conference, Stockholm, SwedenDecember 2013

  • T. Mäkilä, S. Helle, L. Viinikkala, T. Lehtonen, J.P. Arimaa, O. Heimo, P. Nikkola, T. Korkalainen, and V. PönniThe Futuristic History project: recreating history with augmented reality solutionsNordic Digital Excellence in Museums NODEM 2013 Conference, Stockholm, SwedenDecember 2013

  • O. I. Heimo, K. Kimppa, S. Helle, T. Korkalainen and T. LehtonenAugmented Reality – Towards Ethical Fantasy2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology ETHICS 2014, Chicago, IL, USAMay 2014

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Teijo Lehtonen

Senior Research Fellow

teijo.lehtonen@utu.fi +358 (0)44 440 0005

Seppo Helle

Senior Researcher

seppo.helle@utu.fi +358 (0)45 850 8805