Thursday, August 4, 2016

Augementing Parks realities

Unlike libraries that offer library goers thousands of loose parts (books/DVD's) to choose from most parks that I know offer park goers a dearth of recreation activities. Libraries are indoors  Loose Parks.

Elsewhere I discuss ways to add "real"  Loose Parts  to these parks  to make them more attractive to members of the community. Here are a number of virtual  Loose Parts that can also meet that goal.

Smartphone based

Parks landscapers architects can create a combination of fixed features and augmented reality features to create parks that will be personalized in real time to most peoples requirements, no matter what their ages or abilities...

Toys"R"Us TRU Magic - Alanah

Make NYC Your Gym/ Make NYC Your Park
Make Chelsea Your Art Gallery

This would allow for Art walks for people who have Smartphones  with GPS. By setting routes along the trail of Link NYC kiosks, everyone will have  WiFi for these walks.

-Set First  Route up 8th Avenue
-Citybenches  and parks will be part of this park

Art will be static for all and for those with augmented reality, will be more (see below)

Pokémon Go, for all its novelty and nostalgia and fun, was never meant to be the pinnacle of AR gaming; it is simple and has little objective aside from “catching ‘em all.” What Pokémon Go is, however, is one of the first iterations of what will undeniably be many more AR games. If done right, some say the technology Go introduced to the world could bring back the kind of outdoor, creative, and social forms of play that used to be the mainstay of childhood. Augmented reality, it stands to reason, could revitalize the role of imagination in kids’ learning and development.  link


Allows you to add images to real world locations that are visible to anyone using the wallame application. A public space can be tagged with augmented reality imges.  A variation on Wallame could allow different images to come up for different groups (older folks, kids, etc).

In a park with a tanble, parkgoers could choose the set of objects that will populate the table.  Recently I was in a public space with a chess set on the table, I sat at the table and fellow at the next table asked me do i play chess. I didn't  however with a AR application that matched chess players, a chess player at a  Bronx  park, could play with a chess player in a Manhattan park.

 This could be done for other park structures too.

 Long Beach has received a grant to add outdoor office features to a park that will include augmented realities

By adding

Dedicated Equipment

Having recently seen Microsoft Hololens and Magic Leap  I see both of these mixed reality technologies as creating  tremendous opportunities to offer a single piece of recreation equipment that can meet a far greater depth of  recreation needs then any piece of fixed equipment.

Microsoft Holovision

Magic Leap

 Koski is a building blocks game that combines Lego, magnets, and augmented reality in an engaging fashion that may eventually pull your kids away from Pokémon Go. The game — created by Václav Mlynář — uses wooden blocks, magnetic discs, and an iPad app to allow players to create digital worlds with features like trees, ladders, and waterfalls that characters can interact with.


Project Tango

Augumented surfaces

 I saw a video of a raygun in a augumented reality video

Holding onto nothing is no fun

Giving someone a real gun like this to place a mixed reality gun on would be a more satisfying experience.  By adding similar"unardorned"  features to a space (swivel chair for captains chair etc) the mixed reality experience will be enhanced

It turns out a Holodeck is a pretty huge investment

I bet in a few years an at-home experience will deliver powerful, Holodeck-like experiences, at least from an audio/visual perspective. But unless you’re a very rich person with some spare rooms you would like to renovate as a VR funhouse, sensorial, immersive environments like the one we went through today are only going to come from projects like The Void.  link

Our parks are the spare rooms that can become AR funhouses