Visitors to Kings Park and Botanic Garden can now come 'face to face' with an ANZAC digger, via cutting edge technology.
The project, which launched in time for Remembrance Day 2015, adds a new dimension to the State War Memorial precinct. The app uses augmented reality to give visitors an enhanced view of the 'real world' via computer technology.
After downloading the free 'ANZAC Tom' app, visitors are able to look through their smartphone or tablet to see fictional digger Sgt Tom McKinnon come to life.
Portrayed by Perth actor Myles Pollard, the 3D animated character talks about his experiences at war over three chapters.
From departing Perth, to fighting in ANZAC Cove and finally his return home, visitors will learn more about the ANZAC journey through his character; who was developed following two years' research.
After watching his story, visitors are able to take a souvenir photo with Tom on their device and post to social media if they wish.
The project is a collaboration between Frame Media, the Returned & Services League of WA and the West Coast Institute, with support from ScreenWest and the Ministry for the Arts.
Myles Pollard, who is best known for his roles in 'McLeod's Daughters' and 'Drift' donned a motion capture suit and performed in front of a green screen to create Tom's character.
It is believed to be the first time an app has been used as an educational tool at a war memorial.
Visitors can download the 'ANZAC Tom' app from the Apple Store and Google Play. The app comes to life by scanning a small sign installed near the Flame of Remembrance in the State War Memorial precinct in Kings Park. Learn more via the Kings Park and Botanic Garden YouTube channel.
Remembrance Day Service
The State War Memorial hosted the annual Remembrance Day service at 11.00 am on Wednesday 11 November, to mark the anniversary of the end of the First World War (1914-18).