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Tag: Augmented Reality


Pokemon Go for heritage sites and nature reserves

Posted on July 18th, by admin in Tales and musings. No Comments

Pokemon Go is not the first AR game app where the public seek to collect hidden characters.

A few years back we developed ‘Mission:Butterfly‘ for Caerphilly Borough County Council. The app uses a combination of ordinary technologies built into smartphones, including location tracking and cameras, to encourage people to explore a nature reserve, seeking collectible characters that they try to nab.

Sounds familiar? This game has many functional comparisons with Pokemon Go, but it goes to show it usually needs something rather momentus to push a concept mainstream. Augmented Reality has been found for some time now and we will no doubt see lots of variants of Pokemon Go in the coming months/years.

You may have read the positive (encouraging people to get out and explore their own and other communities) and negative (people being robbed, stabbed and shot!) news stories about Pokeman … Read More »



40 years of digital tech

Posted on May 11th, by admin in Photography/Video, Tales and musings. No Comments

A look at 4 decades of home computing, mobile phones, digital cameras and even YouTube…

“Why anyone would ever want to look at photos on a TV screen?” That was what bewildered company executives told the Kodak engineer who first proposed the idea of a ‘filmless camera’ to them in 1975. This concept was of course the first digital camera.

Thirty years later, I received a similar response from my contemporaries when I proposed a new approach to audio guides. Taken by my enthusiasm I was left to pursue the idea and develop the first downloadable audio trails in the UK. Until that time audio guides were limited to indoor locations and listened to on hired handsets/wands: In 2005 you could count the number of ‘audio trail’ Google search results on one hand – today there are nearly 60 million!

Fast-moving tech

Having set … Read More »