Michael Dobslaw: History Meets Augmented Reality

Michael Dobslaw The pursuit of fearless ideas is what makes Smith School graduates unique. It is the defining characteristic of our culture, and that fearlessness makes it easy to spot a Terp beyond the walls of Van Munching Hall.

One of our fearless graduates, Michael Dobslaw '01, a senior manager at Ernst and Young, who, in his free time, is pursuing his passion for history and augmented reality through the development of his mobile application, reVistor.

Michael grew up not far from the University of Maryland, and from an early age, developed an interest in US history. He would often visit historical battlefields, such as Malvern Hill in Virginia, and wonder what it would be like to be in the middle of the action.

While an Honor's student at the University of Maryland, Michael obtained many of the skills necessary for him to be successful in his career and allowed him to follow his passion. He leveraged his project management experience and training to develop reVistor, an application that recreates historical events using augmented reality. For example, one of the sites currently live is a reenactment of first flight, which can be accessed on reVistor when in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina at the Wright Brothers Memorial.

At this time, reVistor supports only a few sites in the United States. However, with Michael's innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, the application has scaled at an exponential rate.

Michael's goal is straightforward. He wants to make history before he can teach it. He is well on his way toward achieving this goal!