We want to use augmented reality to show our animation. Augmented reality is changing the way we view the world, or at least the way its users see the world. Picture yourself walking or driving down the street. With augmented-reality displays, which will eventually look much like a normal pair of glasses, informative graphics will appear in your field of view, and audio will coincide with whatever you see. These enhancements will be refreshed continually to reflect the movements of your head. Similar devices and applications already exist, particularly on smartphones.
Thats what we want to use aswell. Since Fraser is in partnership with a company that also specializes in augmented reality we think it is a very viable option. Our concept is to increase the value of money. We think it is a solid idea to do change the banknote when you scan it. We can change the number (value) you can see on the banknote (which is a nice visual expression of our concept), and of course show our animation on top of the banknote. We wanted to make sure this could be done, even without his company.
I started with experiencing virtual and augmented reality myself to get a right impression. At the Makerspace in our school they have a Vive – https://www.vive.com/us/ -, a virtual reality device. Focussing on the augmented reality I started doing research on apps.
I looked into what app could realize our concept. I tried out a few different apps quite casually.
- Appypie – http://www.appypie.com/vr-ar-app-builder
- ZAP – https://zap.works/
- Layar – https://www.layar.com/
- Aurasma – https://www.aurasma.com/
- Augment – http://www.augment.com/
Altough I didn’t dive very deep in all five I soon discovered Aurasma was the most promissing tool for us. It supports pictures and video’s. It even provides sound. You can use a banknote (make sure the serial code is clear) as a ‘trigger’. Then you choose a layer, which in our case is the animation. And that’s it. If you use the app you just see ‘the reality’ around you, just like using your camera. But as soon as it detects the banknote you picked it starts with the animation. You can even choose where you want the animation to pop up. In our case on the banknote of course. I believe that if it’s possible for a student to create an augmented reality with just an app and an animation, it’s very realistic for Fraser to choose this way of presenting. Even more so if he works together with a company who can even make it way more appealing!
Get an impression with the simulation I made: