Layar Scenario of Use: 1

Field work by Arch & Civil Engineering.

Currently they run a European field trip to a city each year. This includes a number of organised tasks. In particular, groups of students following transects across the city, capturing their thoughts about buildings, reading pre-loaded material, making sketches, taking notes, and photos. This involves having to carry vast amounts of material and folders around the city.

We could role out an augmented reality layar web browser instead 🙂

We’d be able to load up / provide access to a large amount of pre-loaded material / instructor provided material.

  • Question – can you access this offline, i.e., when not in the location? I’m wondering if they want to read it before the event will they be able to that?
  • Question – how easy is it to provide content through a layar browser? is it similar to ITunesU, i.e., rss aggregator?

I’d want them to be able to capture their own content (upload their photos on flickr, short ideas on Twitter, longer reflections on blogs, audio blogs). These are all GPS stamped, and rss able (use agreed hashtags). They are all mashed up and accessible in real time through the layar web browser

  • Question – is this viable? can we include rss pulled information into the layar browser?

When they return, they’ll have lots material (plus lots of stuff not in electronic form … i.e., drawings). How will they bring this together? will they be able to use the layar browser offline, or should they use desktop. Can they get the product (all GPS material) into Google Earth?

UoB systems I’d like to use (keeping things in house, and making the admin easier)

  • wordpress – blogs – any ability to add GPS data?
  • yammer – twitter-esk, not sure about GPS stuff?

POST MEETING WITH Vic, Andy and Phil

I’ve finally seen layar working on a mobile device 🙂 Also talking to Phil and Andy is sounds like the above is very possible.

We’d need to upload our layars to the layar.com public library. This is a database which points / pulls from content repositories.

An area where we’d need to think about the development effort is to enable users to create and upload their own content. This would need to be from the mobile device (in the field).

User created content looks Ok in this model as we are pulling content from known (hashtagged) sources … remember this is part of a structured learning activity.

The material should be viewed on a mobile device in a non-augmented way. So no big issues around accessibility.

(Look into Google Analytics about mobile device tracking)

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