For this site visit we aimed to test the functionality of the geo location tracking as well as live testing the natural feature tracking at each of the three writers walk sculptures ( except Bill Manhire).
At Vincent O’Sullivan’s Sculpture we tested the NFT, with a small cube appearing at the bottom of the NFT marker to show it was working. It did take a while for the tracking to work however so we took another hi res image of the stingray to make into a better NFT marker image for tracking.
We then proceeded to Bill Manhire’s Sculpture to test the location tracking, this worked without any problems (the 3D object spun faster depending on how close we were to the sculpture).
Our next stop was Katherine Mansfield and the geo location tracking worked well with this sculpture too. The pop up that says augmented view is what the user will tap to initiate the AR views(360 and NFT).
The NFT AR also worked once initialize but this still needs work. so as before we have re taken some NFT Images to revisit and refine this tracking. Overall this Site Visit yielded some successful testing and has given us information to build on from this point onwards.
I was out for a walk on Friday 16th and I decided to test the application at the Katherine Mansfield Sculpture. The Location services worked well and mapped my location well (screenshot below).
The initialisation of an NFT on the sculpture itself worked but took too long and i needed to adjust my viewing angle to make it work. But once it did work the tracking was great and worked seamlessly.
For our next test we should work on the initialisation of the AR.
Jeff and I went for a walk to test out his fix NFT. To do this he adjusted the tracking of the feature points that the software tracks to only be the text (and not the texture of the stone).
To do this we developed a simple scene in which we could test the tracking and see if it worked on the actual typographic sculpture.
The result, seen below, worked well and tracked nicely using three lines of text on the sculpture.
We also had a look for other natural features we could track. One of the points of interest we found were hidden QR Codes which we later scanned and found they were markers for Orienteering on the Waterfront.
Katherine Mansfield’s typographic sculpture is in an amazing location on the edge of the walkway looking out to Wellington Harbour.
The sculpture says the following:
Their heads bent, their
legs just touching, they
stride like one eager
person through the town,
down the asphalt zigzag
where the fennel grows
wild … the wind is so
strong that they have
to fight their way
through it, rocking like
two old drunkards.
From ‘The Wind Blows’ in Bliss and Other Stories, Penguin Books, 2001