Most people who read this blog, or know me, will know that I have been working on a Nesta & Nominet Trust funded project on Augmented Reality for the past few months.
We have been taking content from various places and delivering it to people via their smart device based on there location, it is a bit of a hotch-potch of content with potholes from Fix My Street sitting beside food standard ratings from Rate My Place and content from local blogs. Nesta & the Nominet Trust have signed the project off now and are more than happy with what we have produced.
The AR project allowed us to create and test a platform that almost completely removes the barrier to entry for presenting content in to AR environments. We have a working proof of concept that we can show people and 99% of the people we do show go ‘wow that is so cool‘ or ‘if I give you this feed/data/content can you put it in there?‘ while pointing at the iPad.
Now we are starting to look at further developing the fantastic Apollo platform written by Adrian Short, to filter different types of content or produce different streams from different content creators. As part of this future development it would be really good if we could get a list of content types that people would find useful if they could be delivered based on location. Once we have a list then we can look at where we could get the data from, does it exist, do we need to create it etc. So two versions of the same question:
From a consumer of content perspective, what public service content would be good, useful, interesting if you could have it delivered to your smart device based on your location?
Or the same question to #localgov people, what content would be good, useful, interesting if you could have it delivered to peoples smart devices based on their location?
In other news about the same subject, we have submitted a proposal to the Knight News Challenge to develop the Apollo platform and build an Augmented Reality & Geolocation Toolkit, it would be really cool if you could go and like this so the nice people at the Knight Foundation can see that people are interested in what we are doing. If you are in a particularly Liking mood then you could also Like the n0tice entry as well.
So any ideas, suggestions & thoughts on Geolocated public service content or if you are in #localgov and have datasets that you might want to let us play with then talk to us in the comments below.
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