It has been said that within the next 5 to 10 years augmented reality will become a more prevalent feature in many applications because of advancing technology. To be able to be considered for many of these future jobs in user experience one has to learn how to develop for these new platforms. Because of the 2020 Covid 19 lockdown, I have had some time on my hands to learn a new skill. Below is a collection of little projects that are helping get a leg up on these near future possibilities.
To help me understand the needs of an augmented reality developer and what one can do with AR.
This project came about on an impulse when I was printing some photos at Walgreens and I saw a pack of Pokemon cards by the checkout. I had the whole thought about having a Pokemons information popup in a 3D space when the card is scanned. So I bought a pack and got to learning Unity.
I went through the cards in the deck I picked up and chose Snom because it would make a simple rig to construct.
Next, I had a few quick sketches to visualise my ideas of pointing the camera and an idea of what the action would look like.
I went for a diorama kind of display because it made it easier to read all of the information in the format of a scannable card.
Advice Cat is a small project that gives a user a small rude friend who gives blunt advice to show off gaze interactions. Since one hand is going to be holding your phone while using AR applications (And in some cases the other hand will be holding the Ar trigger) it is important to take into account interaction that can be done without a second hand.
To create a hands free experience the cat will toggle the message on and off depending on whether the user is looking at the model.
The trigger for the message to activate is a small cube that can't be seen by the user. When the user looks at the head of the Advice Cat it shows the message while making the user feel that it is the cat doing it.
This was my first Spark AR project where I was tasked to model and create an AR experience for the Liddleme brand. I had to model a pair of glasses and code a filter that allowed users to switch between and see themselves in the product to see if they wanted to purchase a set.