Imagine you are within 60 feet of the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons site on the Georgia Tech campus. You have tuned into the local AR channel on your iPhone. “Ding, Come see what the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons will look like. ” You have just been notified that you are within proximity (60 feet or less) of the Clough GeoSpot, denoted by an emblem on the ground at the location you should stand.
Once standing at the GeoSpot, you indicate your presence to the browser, Argon. You also check off on the option to increase your accuracy by loading a panoramic image from your location to steady and more accurately line up the augmented graphics with surrounding buildings.
Argon then displays augmented content authored for this scene. Although the Clough Learning Commons is currently under construction, the browser lets you to see what the building will look like once complete. Interactive elements such as clickable icons and buttons on and around the new structure open content bubbles, play videos, and present images and informative text.
Point the phone around to see various parts of the building, sidewalks, and landscaping. Landscaping and public space decisions can be finalized on site by evaluating options. Sine it’s connected to the internet, votes on the best option are tallied in real-time.
The building rendering can be switched out for a wire frame version to reveal interior rooms and circulation patterns. An image gallery can be seamlessly integrated into the browser to flip through renderings of the building over a 24 hour time period. A video monologue from the architect tells the story of the building’s design process. Once the building is complete, there is the potential for students and faculty to leave comments around the building through augmented tags. Rarely do architects have the opportunity to retrieve direct feedback from the users of their design. The use of place-specific tags and comments connect what, where, and who to the physical environment.
The visualization can be any combination of the following features:
• Region trigger informing channel subscriber they are within proximity to a GeoSpot
• Introduction audio narrative auto plays on check in
• Building rendering shown based on time of day
• Image gallery flips through building renderings (1 rendering for every 2 hours) to show shadows, lighting, etc.
• Landscaping, sidewalks, and exterior finishes can be turned on and off
• Building can be shown as wire frame
• Building material callouts can be turned on
• Video from architect, student body, or representative
• Users can go “inside” the building by clicking on a placed icon that reveals the interior view from that location
• Callouts can contain a variety of content for marketing, PR, or wayfinding purposes