App-ealing new software brings writer’s home alive

Tarun Sainani using his app at Brantwood, Coniston
Tarun Sainani using his app at Brantwood, Coniston
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A creative businessman is helping to give a 21st century makeover to the former home of a Lake District writer, artist and philosopher.

Ex-Lancaster University student and technology entrepeneur Tarun Sainani, who runs WT InfoTech, has developed a mobile phone app for Coniston museum Brantwood, the Lake District country house where John Ruskin lived.

By just pointing their iPhone or iPad to features within the attraction, visitors can experience the author’s work, ideas and quotes, which are brought to life in sound and vision displays.

“The heritage of John Ruskin has had a profound influence on the thought process of humanity over many decades,” said Tarun.

“We are living in times where it is crucial to communicate his ideas and experiences to the digitally-savvy younger generation.

“This was my motivation to create an ‘augmented reality’ experience at Brantwood and I am able to apply the theoretical knowledge which I gained while studying two interdisciplinary masters degrees at Lancaster University.”

Brantwood director Howard Hull said the app would help visitors ‘find the John Ruskin who speaks to them’ and encouraged users to give their feedback.