Experimenting with the Layar’s AR application

As Carma mentioned in her ‘Dance and Technology’ post

‘Layar can also augment images in magazines, books or in any printed format. And what is more interesting is that it can be done by anyone, even those with no programming skills. Layar’s website has a step by step tutorial for printed AR. You can start your own AR app today, with no programming needed.’

After a conversation on Skype with Carma and watching the tutorial I decided to start my own AR app and test out what could be achieved in relation to what I have been thinking about. I decided to test out the features and here is an example of what can be done.

Through the application I was able to apply a video from You Tube onto an already existing image, therefore if the image was placed within the city with a simple message on it such as ‘scan me’ the participants smart phone would then begin to scan the image and find the data which has been augmented onto that particular image through the Layar’s application.

You have to take into Consideration that they (the public) may not have the application software downloaded to there device so it may not be as quick and simple as desired but it will give them the option to do so. This could work very well within a controlled performance environment as you would be able to ensure that all participants have the software already installed in advance so there devices are ready to scan. If it was in a less controlled environment it may be hard to get people to follow on with the installation of the application as they may loose interest. This is something I think can be tested further by leaving images in the city and monitoring the interaction by the amount of views a You Tube clip may get from that point onwards.

These are the images of the poster I had on my wall with the You Tube video augmented onto them through my phone, so basically a screen shot. Once the scan has found the information you can then click and watch the video.

In this image I augmented a website link onto the image, once scanned you then can press on the Blue tab which then takes you to the choreographic perambulations around rough corners blog. So a quick way to be directed to a website.

I think although this is very basic there is a lot more that can be explored to make this a really interesting way of viewing and sharing information. Many more experiments to come. I think in time this application will be as popular as social networking sites and almost everybody will have it installed to there smart phone. The possibilities could be endless.

Deciphering an Address in Lviv, Ukraine

An address, printed, on a paper that traveled from Bradford to Lviv. The alphabet Cyrillic. A task to decipher, painstakingly stabbing at possible letters on the keyboard.

An address in Ukraine, in Lviv, on our map. A rush to make it there, to see what it looks like. A confusion of numbers – is 84 actually 8, or 8/4 or?

Click on links to listen to the audio recordings of the search:

Start of the search

Confusion of alphabets

Have we found the address or not


Rita at вул. Шкільна, Лвів