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This project is funded by JISC under the Learning & Teaching Innovation Grant Programme.

 

AR for all

This week we have been looking at how a diverse user-base can get into Augmented Reality using Layar and associated tools. We are impressed by the user-friendliness of  ‘Hoppala Augmentation’ (http://www.hoppala-agency.com).

Hoppala Augmentation provides an easy way for non-technical creatives to start experimenting with augmented reality and Layar.  Our trials with the system have shown how AR is definitely moving into the mainstream and informs the development of our AR Toolkit which will enable other users to experiment with AR in their own Educational context.

The more sophisticated applications of AR will require the creation and maintenance of databases which will provide interactive content – at a simpler level applications like Hoppala enables users to upload content, including multimedia files which can then create augments based on a map without any involvement with coding.

The ‘actions’ associated with Hoppala allow for the playback of audio and video content at the Point of Interest (POI) and also enables links to websites which may host more complex content. These simple actions also allow the possibility of creating themed ‘trails’ using Layar AR e.g. based on particular sounds or time-shifted content being re-played at the POI. Our theme based on Biodiversity provides an ideal vehicle for experimenting with these simple tools and inspires us to develop ever-more sophisticated and meaningful interactions with data held on our rich resources on campus.

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