Abstract

Layar is an augmented reality (AR) platform that enables creators to tie online resources to physical objects or locations via mobile technologies. The authors detail their exploration of Layar’s geolocation and interactive print abilities to aid the discovery of various resources in and around the College of Charleston campus pertaining to revered local artists William Halsey and Corrie McCallum. They explore opportunities for the added value of contextually situated information linking to vetted library and museum holdings. They detail some of the technical and technological requirements involved with coding and multimedia creation for AR, including the successes and pitfalls revealed in their testing. Issues noted include the problem of resolution in geolocation within the library’s physical setting, the highly iterative nature of the design and development process, the highly ephemeral and fluid nature of the end products, and their ensuing need for maintenance and review.

DOI

10.5703/1288284315328

 

Using Augmented Reality as a Discovery Tool

Layar is an augmented reality (AR) platform that enables creators to tie online resources to physical objects or locations via mobile technologies. The authors detail their exploration of Layar’s geolocation and interactive print abilities to aid the discovery of various resources in and around the College of Charleston campus pertaining to revered local artists William Halsey and Corrie McCallum. They explore opportunities for the added value of contextually situated information linking to vetted library and museum holdings. They detail some of the technical and technological requirements involved with coding and multimedia creation for AR, including the successes and pitfalls revealed in their testing. Issues noted include the problem of resolution in geolocation within the library’s physical setting, the highly iterative nature of the design and development process, the highly ephemeral and fluid nature of the end products, and their ensuing need for maintenance and review.