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Evaluating an augmented-reality guide to the Parkville Research Precinct
In this seminar we will report on initial findings from a project to investigate the feasibility of using smartphone-based augmented reality (AR) to enable laypeople to discover information about biomedical and health sciences research in the physical and geographical context where it occurs. The project is sited in a major centre of research, Melbourne’s “Parkville Precinct”. Research institutions generate large numbers of scientific publications, some of which are available online and some of which are accessible in person through library services. Institutions offer visitors insights into their activities on open days and use websites and broadcast media to explain their work to “outsiders”. However, for anyone who is in the vicinity of an institution but not formally involved in it, the research can be difficult to comprehend. This situation may lend itself to the use of an AR application to allow people passing through the precinct to gain insights into its research activities via their phones. We used Wikitude, an app that uses the phone’s GPS signal and compass to identify its current location and then overlay information onto the user’s real-time view of the world.
PRESENTER: Kathleen Gray and Greg Wadley
Interaction Design Group, Department of Information Systems, The University of Melbourne
TITLE: Evaluating an augmented-reality guide to the Parkville Research Precinct
VENUE: University of Melbourne, IDEA Lab, Level 4, 111 Barry Street, Carlton
DATE and TIME: Friday 27 August 2010, 3.00 – 4.00 pm