Augmented Reality

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality is an interactive experience that presents you with a real environment that has been enhanced or altered by computer-generated information. Using a smartphone camera or a similar piece of technology, it allows you to experience the real world with additional data or images overlaid on top of it.

The most familiar example of AR might be the hit mobile game Pokémon Go, which became popular across the world in 2016. The game allowed players to look through their smartphone cameras so they could both see and capture computer-generated creatures called Pokémon. The creatures would appear against the backdrop of the view from the smartphone’s camera, making it seem like they existed in real life.

Our Project 

Originally, we had applied to the Arts Council for funding to explore Augmented Reality and to give training to the community on how to create digital art. But COVID blighted this bid and it was cancelled.

However, the Arts Council did give us a small amount money to demonstrate the concept of digital art. Chain Bridge Forge engaged Lee Mason, a local Digital Artist, to create 4 different digital art features.

Project Output

Click on the link to see a 2D version of the installation.

  • Chain Bridge Forge, High St Spalding: “The VRgoyle” which has hidden features for you to discover.

Thanks to these venues for their window space.

View at Home

These installations can be viewed at home by downloading the images above and viewing them with a smartphone or tablet where “ARvize” has been activated and is in camera mode. Once the phone has recognised the image, it will start downloading the 3D model, and once complete, you will be presented with a 3D model which you can explore.

Behind the Scenes with Lee Mason, designing the images.
The first stage in creating the augmented reality artwork for Chain Bridge Forge was modelling the pieces in Gravity Sketch, then TiltBrush on the Oculus Rift.

So, how do you view them?

  1. First, you will need a smartphone or tablet.
  2. Next, you will need to download “ARize” App from the store (it’s totally free), enable the camera, and point it at the poster.
  3. All of a sudden, a 3D image will start to appear.
  4. At each location, you will get a different experience.
  5. Finally, please tell us about the experience!

Please, give us feedback…

The Spalding Guardian covered the story and an article can be found by following this link

To see the AR models on our website, follow these links:

Flower

Chain Bridge Forge

Chain Bridge Forge (exterior)

Chain Bridge Forge (interior)