Final project. Its been the key thing on all our minds recently and finally today we had our first intro lecture giving us the low down. A massive 40 credit's and the work load to match.
We are being encouraged to have the project intertwine with our dissertation, which is great as that was my plan from the beginning.
The project should contain some of the following properties be it; experimental, interactive, critical, theoretical, cultural, industrial, business-oriented. My idea I proposed in August entailed me looking into cool uses for RFID/NFC and Augmented Reality working together. Or you could say using RFID/NFC as a bridge to AR...
Here is my abstract I filled out last month:
I am split between two ideas - for one idea I want to work with Augmented Reality in a social sense that could house a particular area of interest, like for example pieces of art/projects embedded in the urban landscape that a viewer would not see unless they used this Augmented Reality layer or platform. Whether or not to use some kind of indication that content is available in a certain spaces with for example a QR code or even a RFID/NFC trigger is an option. As whether it would be a fully public or a more secret 'underground' affair is also unclear. But my over arching thought is that an easy to use open platform is more likely to get more users in the long run.
For my second idea I am taking in the fact that Augmented Reality is still not fully understood by the average person, so I would also like to look at bringing AR to the user utilising some sort of way to make it more accessible, be it a better integration to real world scenario's or simpler ways to add user centric content. I thought about trying out RFID to trigger situations where AR would come in handy, for example if you went to swipe your phone to use the 'Oyster card' function (if it eventually gets on to NFC phones) if you had no balance then your handset would pull up the AR app to show you where the nearest top up machines are. So because of scenarios of this, I think RFID/NFC could really compliment Augmented Reality and I'm looking to investigate further.
...as you can tell - I have a lot of research to do.