Context Aware Design

Our next challenge is to create a location based exhibition, game or trail. Our lecturer told us more about QR codes, RFID and a lot of other tools that we can use.

QR codes

… short for quick response codes, are very handy when it comes to location based games, but also for many other scenarios in life. It is a 2D bar code which can be read by simply holding the camera of a mobile phone in front of it as if you are taking a picture. Usually those codes are being used for promotional codes or so people do not have to remember difficult URLs and they can just scan the code and a web browser opens on its own and redirects you to the website you want to go. Over time people found more uses for those codes such as for location based games! They are very easy to use and you can also generate them with very little effort on websites like qrcode.kaywa.com or qr-code-generator.com!

RFID

… is pretty great because people do not actually have to scan anything like QR codes. RFIDs use electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. On the lecture slides there was a great example of a student bar in Westminster where people can order drinks and chat with other people in the bar using their phones and RFID.

rfid_bar

Augmented Reality

…  is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. This new technology blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer-generated by enhancing what we see, hear, feel and smell so you can basically modify what you can see on the camera and put objects wherever you want. I found a great website who has many blog posts about this topic in case you are interested in that – Augmented Reality Trends.

MORFO

… is an app that makes it possible to animate faces. It is pretty straight forward and easy to use, you just have to upload your picture of a face and then set the points for mouth and eyes. After that you can record yourself and the app will animate your uploaded face to your voice-over.

Morfo1

 

After the lecture we got into groups and started brainstorming. We decided to make a location based game for kids based on GPS/QR codes. We used a new method called “A-Z method” where we thought about different places that we can use for our location based game and we had to go through the ABC and think about a place for every letter. The very last one “Zoo”  for Z was the one we decided to focus on.

Our general idea was to get kids go out more often to the zoo and learn more about animals. The game should educate children in a funny and entertaining way. I looked up some zoos nearby and we eventually decided to take the Drusillas Zoo Park as location for our game.

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