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


Pilot AR System in Testing

We are now testing a pilot AR system, working on the Layar platform.  The following screenshots show an early user-interface for the AR applications itself. In its current inception, buttons offer links to more information on specific species as well as campus specific data (both collated by project students from the College of Life and Environmental Sciences) […]

Application Resources

The project has begun to create a pilot system using the Layar augmented reality browser.  This system will feature a test set of approximately 30 points of interest (POIs), which have been collated by two students in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences who are assisting the project as part of their final-year dissertation assignments.  To […]

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’ ( 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 […]

Ice Around…

In conceptualising the Augmented Reality application, one recurrent theme was to feature data surround the habitats that might not be immediately viable to students/visitors during their visit.  Along with time-lapse and night-vision multimedia content, it was suggested that photos of the campus under different seasons and weather conditions could be included and geo-referenced.  The recent spell of […]

Student Project Updates

We have been in regular contact with the two final-year Biosciences students who have been working on data collection over the past few weeks – see previous post.  Resources produced so far include a collection of vibrant photographs and species/ habitat information focusing around just one area of the campus.   Several points of interest […]

CETIS 2010

CETIS 2010 (The Centre for Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards) provided the project with its first dissemination opportunity. In the spirit of sustainability (not to mention an extraordinarily long and difficult train journey from deepest Somerset) a presentation was sent to conference using the University’s Echo360 Lecture Capture System. The presentation contributed to an afternoon […]

Review of Available Augmented Reality Packages

We have completed our report ‘A Review of available Augmented Reality packages and evaluation of their potential use in an educational context‘.  This forms work package 2 as part of the formal project bid. This 31-page report looks at a variety of issues including: Current use of AR in an educational context Marker-based and markerless technologies […]

Ich bin ein Berliner!

In 1963, John F. Kennedy inadvertently pronounced himself a jam doughnut whilst proclaiming his solidarity with the people of Berlin in the face of a newly-constructed barrier which physically divided the city. With Glasnost and Perestroika leading to the reunification of city and country, the Berlin Wall became just a memory –  albeit with several […]

Student Projects

We are working with two final-year students from the department of BioSciences, who have elected to undertake a dissertation style project around the theme of collecting, communicating and interpreting biological data.  They will be providing data to the AR project as well as advancing development through their ideas on content and educational interface design. Initial meetings have […]

BioBlitz – Expanding the Biodiversity Dataset

On Saturday 9th October, broadcaster, naturalist and ex-student Nick Baker led a group of over 150 volunteering students, academics, members of the public and Devon Wildlife Trust experts for the first ever ‘BioBlitz’ at the University of Exeter.  The event consisted of a quick census of species, with data collected forming part of the AR […]