Category Archives: Precedent

Katherine Mansfield House Visit

6th Jan

Jeff and I went for a trip over to Katherine Mansfield’s House in Thorndon.

Below is an image gallery of the trip.

We were also given a link to a short documentary based on Mansfield which i plan to watch tonight.

A Portrait of Katherine Mansfield: 

https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/a-portrait-of-katherine-mansfield-1986

Also as I walked through town I came across a sculpture of  Katherine Mansfield which we could drawn inspiration.

 

Precedent – Uber (map and way-finding)

Navigation

The users phone uses location services to locate the user on a map accurately. There is also a radar that emanates from the user.

 

Tap Navigation

The UBER map  navigation iuses basic smart phone tap interactions they are as follows:

Directional navigation– press and slide in the direction

Scaling– pinch to zoom in/out

Double Tap- to zoom in

 

Home button

No matter where the user navigates to on the map there is a small button on the bottom right of the UI that is a shortcut back to the users position on the map.

There is no rotation control and the map is always in a North facing direction (north is at the top of the screen)

 

Colour Scheme key

Roads- White

Parks- Green

Water- Blue

Ground- Grey

 

Icons

Uber cars are identified as car icons. These icons are postioned in the direction that the car is traveling. Other icons are similar to those of google maps and donote locations of significacnce or other places of interest such as bus stops.

 

Text

Text is  white outlined and scales to view. The text also starts with capitals and then uses lowercase letters.

 

Menus

Slides in from the side of the app and is accessed through a button on the map.

 

Precedent – Pokemon Go

What is Pokémon GO?

Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices! With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO uses real location information to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon.

The Pokémon video game series has used real-world locations such as the Hokkaido and Kanto regions of Japan, New York, and Paris as inspiration for the fantasy settings in which its games take place. Now the real world is the setting!

The Pokémon video game series has always valued open and social experiences, such as connecting with other players to enjoy trading and battling Pokémon. Pokémon GO’s gameplay experience goes beyond what appears on screen, as players explore their neighbourhoods, communities, and the world they live in to discover Pokémon alongside friends and other players.

Pokémon GO is developed by Niantic, Inc. Originally founded by Google Earth co-creator John Hanke as a start-up within Google, Niantic is known for creating Ingress, the augmented reality mobile game that utilizes GPS technology to fuel a sci-fi story encompassing the entire world. Ingress currently has 12 million downloads worldwide.

Source: https://pkmngowiki.com/wiki/Main_Page

How it works from our perspective?

Way-finding

IMG_0248Way-finding works by using the phones location services to know the user position in space. A radar is then used to activate points of interest around a user, such as Poke Stops and Pokemon encounters. The player is represented through an avatar on the map itself.

AR  View

IMG_0249In my opinion Pokemon go is not true AR.  I uses the camera view with a UI Overlay that is positioned using a phones gyro / accelerometer. This creates the illusion of a virtual object in physical reality however this can be debunked by moving the phone around in space. When this is done virtual objects retain the same distance from the phone and move position in space, where as if they were true AR they would retain a “fixed”position in space.
Another thing to understand is that not many people use this view as it complicates the Pokemon catching Pokemon. Many just use the default 3D view that keep the Pokemon in view at all times.

What we will use

This precedent will be used as a basis and inspiration for way finding and the AR instance using the phones gyro sensor.

However for our map we are leaning towards a 2D style, opposed to the 3D style of Pokemon Go. We also need to be careful not to make the visuals too much like Pokemon Go as it is a well known application, but we can use it to inform the mechanics of the way finding as these are already well known.

Precedent – Wallame

What is it

WallaMe is a free iOS and Android app that allows users to hide and share messages in the real world using augmented reality.

Users can take a picture of a surface around them and write, draw and add stickers and photos on them. Once the message (called Wall) is completed, it will be geolocalized and will remain visible through WallaMe’s AR viewer by everyone passing by. A Wall can also be made private, thus becoming visible only to specific people.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_ceAll the Walls created worldwide can be seen in a feed similar to those of social networks like Facebook and Instagram, and can be liked, commented on, and shared outside the app.

WallaMe is mostly used to create digital graffiti and for proximity messaging.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WallaMe

 

How it works

Wallame allows you to create your own markers based o photos and map AR instances to them.

Content can be in the form of;

  • Images
  • Doodles(drawn using the app)
  • Text

An example video is below

Source: http://sites.gsu.edu/cetl/2016/07/28/cool-tools-wallame/

 

What will we use 

The ability to have a user created content is exciting as users could leave their own messages/ marks on the overall experience.

Other interactions such as the ability to doodle/ place content in space could be very powerful.

One limitation is that the app can only see one AR instance at a time, which is chosen by the user.