We are delighted to see people at last having fun with augmented reality software in the form of Pokemon Go. Talk About Local have been messing around with AR for years now and with the lovely Adrian Short we developed some software that makes it easy to get your hyperlocal data into a AR app – the BBC even covered it on the TV. You can read all about it here (hopefully the links still work – it was 2012/the dark ages)- we were supported by a generous grant from Nesta and Nominet Trust.
Basically it’s as simple as geotagging some blog posts and pasting your GEO RSS feed into our software which then automatically uploads it to the Layar service. This gives you the discovery/hide and seek element of Pokemon, but not the whole animation, nor capture game bit. We think there is a huge opportunity to game-ify finding stuff in your environment as an educational tool. This hasn’t been realised so far – maybe PokemonGo will be the vehicle for a breakthrough. If anyone would like to have a go at this let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll step you through it.
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