Now, unless you’ve been living under a rather large rock all summer it’s unlikely to have escaped your attention the sheer number of people playing Pokemon Go. Now, whether you’ve played it yourself (I think it’s rather awesome!), or know someone else who does, it’s unlikely you haven’t at least heard the name. But, what I wanted to talk about was how this app could both be utilised and analysed for the heritage sector.
The problem faced by the National Trust was how do you make a battle come to life when the site, before the experience was added, was essentially a flat field. How do you make the experience tangible? This is where the Battle of Bannockburn Experience was born.
This video, perhaps a little long, is an interesting chat to a couple of developers of the company ARTIFACT based in York. This video presents some interesting views about the differences between AR and VR. But also at the rate at which this kind of technology is improving.
I feel this kind of video, and indeed company, shows the rate at which this kind of technology is improving and the thought processes needed in order to maintain relevance in this field.
Let me know what you think. As always, I’ll look forward to hearing your input.
The year is 1961 and Morton Heilig has just patented his amazing invention. With the birth of the Sensorama arguably came the birth of Augmented Reality.
So, what did the Sensorama do?
The Sensorama aimed to try and create a fully immersive viewing experience. The film was three-dimensional and in colour for a start (a thing we probably take for granted these days). But, that’s not really the interesting part. The interesting part was the way it gave viewers the feeling of motion, sounds, smells and the feeling of wind on one’s face. Pretty impressive by even today’s standards.
Why was it important?
This kind of invention showed just how revolutionary Augmented Reality could be. It really was ahead of its time, even if the quality of the film wasn’t HD!
Now, I’ve talked briefly about the Samsung Gear VR before in a previous post (‘Not strictly AR gear’). But, I sumbled across this video which I think gives a better perspective of how this type of technology does function in the real world.
The video shows how the Samsung Gear VR could be used in everyday situations and highlights some interesting points such as the vulnerability that it puts the user in. I mean, if I was playing with this on a train platform I think I would be scared of having my bag snatched or just missing the train because I wasn’t aware of it arriving. It would be like reading a book but way more extreme.
This isn’t strictly AR but it is very closely linked in the VR (Virtual Reality) community. This is the year that Virtual Reality headgear is going to be available in peoples homes (if you have about £500 spare…but, you get the point). It is no longer an abstract concept that you just see in The Sims but something that, very soon, you could own and experience in your own house.
Every year brings with it new tech and new ways to experience Augmented Reality. This year is no exception with the introduction of technology such as the ODG Smart Glasses. Click on the video below to take a look:
Although, like with Google Glass, I am slightly terrified by the idea of wearing this kind of technology all the time (think of all the normal things you would miss!). This kind of technology has a lot of potential.
‘Kirkgate: The Victorian Street’ app follows a fairly similar concept to the Streetmuseum app down in London. Created by ‘York Castle Museum’ the app overlays Victorian photographs over modern shots of the city (If you look at point number 3, I think you’ll find it strangely topical).