I wanted my Augmented Reality application to be useful. A game would have been cool, but things that have a function mean more to me.
To come up with a useful idea I had to find out what the consumers want. So after conducting some research on a small focus group of fellow students I came up with a decision.
As none of my focus group were from a technology background I had to explain (through talking and showing examples) the concept of Augmented Reality. The possibilities of the technology excited them and soon began to realise what they would want. Many ideas they came up with had already been done (eg: finding places to eat, showing where places are in your immediate environment) but once I found out navigation was a subject that featured quite prominently I pitched an AR campus map idea which they thought was a great idea and would be very useful to find buildings and places of interest (POI) around the campus.
This would be a very beneficial application to all students (and staff) but would be most appreciated by first year students or just people generally new to the campus. It would be appealing as it is interactive and would save the user having to carry around the map of the campus, which isn't interactive and is easily lost.
So all in all my Augmented Reality application would help users navigate around the campus, using the accelerometer, compass and A-GPS to identify campus buildings (and maybe rooms although this would need precise location which may not be possible if user is not connected to campus wireless network). But more into the technical aspects later.
More to come (incl) graphic mock up.