It has been predicted that Augmented Reality (AR) will become a prevalent feature in many applications within the next 5 to 10 years due to advancing technology. To be considered for future jobs in user experience, one must learn how to develop for these platforms. With the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, I have had time to learn a new skill. Here are some little projects that have helped me get a head start on these near-future possibilities.
To help me understand the needs of an augmented reality developer and the potential uses of AR.
This project came about on impulse when I was printing some photos at Walgreens and saw a pack of Pokémon cards by the checkout. I had the idea of having a Pokémon's information pop up in a 3D space when the card is scanned. So, I bought a pack and started learning Unity.
I went through the cards in the deck I picked up and chose Snom because it would be simple to construct a rig for.
I went through the cards in the deck I picked up and chose Snom because it would make a simple rig to construct.
Afterwards, I created a few rough sketches to help visualize my concept for camera positioning and to depict the envisioned action.
I opted for a diorama-style display as it facilitated readability of all the information in a scannable card format.
Advice Cat is a small project that provides users with a small, rude friend who gives blunt advice to demonstrate gaze interactions. Since one hand will 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 consider interactions that can be performed without a second hand.
The cat will toggle the message on and off depending on whether the user is looking at the model, creating a hands-free experience.
The trigger for the message to activate is a small cube that cannot be seen by the user. When the user looks at the head of the Advice Cat, the message appears, while giving the user the impression that the cat is delivering it.
This was my first Spark AR project, in which I was tasked with modeling and creating 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 different designs and see themselves wearing the product, in order to decide whether they wanted to purchase it.