UPDATE, June 2011: Layar is now a live service, you can read more about how to get it here:
Back in May last year I wrote a short blog post titled Augmented Reality – The Sleeping Giant?. Back then we were just starting to get a feel for the ways in which augmented reality might be utilised by the University, but fast forward to today … and here we are about to release our very own augmented reality layer for the start of term! How fast things change.
If you’re not familiar with augmented reality it’s a way of using the camera in a smartphone, like the iPhone or the various Android devices that are now available, to overlay virtual information on to the real world. By holding up your phone to view the campus you can choose to overlay on that view icons which show you where shops are, cafes, lecture theatres, computers and much more. You can then click a button on screen to help you navigate to ones of these locations, and in some cases take other actions as well – like listen to a podcast about that object, check the opening hours of a cafe, or see how many PCs are free within a PC Cluster.
We’re still finalising the Layar service at the moment, fine tuning it ready for the start of term, but it is live and available now if you want to try it out, and we’d love your feedback.
To get started follow these steps:
- Download the Layar app for your device – iPhone and Android are supported at the moment
- Go to the ‘Local’ category within the Layar application – provided you’re at one of our campuses, either in Exeter or Falmouth, you should see the Exeter layer there as a choice
- Click on Launch to open the layer – and get exploring!
Some of the objects have actions assoicated with them, and more will be coming soon. There’s even an audio file hidden in there somewhere – I’ll give you a hint, it’s for one of the art works on campus – so if you were to search for art …
To find out more, please read our Augmented Reality page on this blog.