Weeks 13-14

Putting it all Together

Groups due 11/15 at 8:59pm Chicago time
'Thursday' part due 11/21 at 8:59pm Chicago time
'Tuesday' part due 11/28 at 8:59pm Chicago time



Given that you have heard about the basics of VR and AR in class, and done some projects to get a better handle on the application development side of things, and recently seen a variety of current work in the area, this week the class is going to break into groups of 3 or 4 and brainstorm on creating a VR or AR experience for a particular theme, as though you were a small company trying to pitch this idea to a potential funder, say the Field Museum, to try and pull a lot of these ideas together.

If you have a group of 3 or 4, or part of a group, email Andy the names of your members by 9pm on 11/15. If you need to be put into a group please send me your name as well. On 11/16 Andy will randomize the students who have sent me their names into groups of 3 or 4. If you do not send me your name I will assume that you are not planning to participate in this activity; I only want to form groups of students that are committing to participate.

NORMALLY Thursday's class time would be devoted to data gathering, coming up with the general concept for the experience, and agreeing on the technology that you propose to use. At the end of Thursday's class your group would email andy and sai the location of a public webpage with your current set of ideas including a selfie taken of your team in class, and the names of all the members on your team.

Given that we are socially distancing this term, and asynchronous, your team should set up a Google Doc with the names of all your team members prominent at the top of the first page. Each member of your team should then claim a couple pages, write their individual name at the top, and should add their personal ideas for the experience to those pages. Your group should take a look at what each other has proposed, then get together and add another couple pages that come to a consensus on what the project will be, and complete the 'Thursday' part of the assignment by Saturday 11/21 at 9pm. Turn in a PDF of this google doc as the Week 13 HW on Gradescope.


NORMALLY Tuesdays class would be devoted to refining the concepts and creating a pitch, which should take the form of a second webpage containing your proposal, including sketches and drawings of what the experience would be like, and the rationale for your choices based on the material from the course. Note that you will not be graded on the quality of the sketches or drawings, but they should be good enough to give the reader a good idea what you are proposing. It should include a rough setup cost and cost to run the experience, rough development timeline and cost for your team to implement it, how many people would be able to participate, hardware requirements, software and development requirements, staffing requirements, location requirements, etc. Again please include a selfie taken of your Tuesday team, and the names of all the members on your Tuesday team on the webpage link you send to andy and Sai by the end of class.

Given that we are socially distancing this term, and asynchronous, your group should add another set of pages to the same Google Doc, and organize a meeting to complete the 'Tuesday' part of the assignment by Saturday 11/28 at 9pm. This involves refining the concept you agreed on and creating a pitch including more detailed sketches and drawings of what the experience would be like, and the rationale for your choices based on the material from the course. Note that you will not be graded on the quality of the sketches or drawings, but they should be good enough to give the reader a good idea what you are proposing. It should include a rough setup cost and cost to run the experience, rough development timeline and cost for your team to implement it, how many people would be able to participate, details of the experience, hardware requirements, software and development requirements, staffing requirements, location requirements, etc. Turn in a PDF of this google doc as the Week 14 HW on Gradescope.

The experience you design should be implementable on existing technology - that is if someone wanted to fund you to create this experience, you should be able to buy all of the necessary hardware off the shelf tomorrow and create the software using existing tools. It should also be reasonably affordable for whomever is going to pay for this, and it should work within the constraints of the space and its general use.



In past years we have done a variety of Chicago related themes - the Chicago Fire of 1871, The Century of Progress Exposition, and the SS Eastland Disaster. This year we are going to look at Stanley Field Hall in the Field Museum.

Stanley Field Hall in the Field Museum is 300 feet long, 70 feet wide, and 76 feet tall. It currently houses Maximo, a pterosaur flock, a quetzalcoatlus, and the classic Fighting African Elephants. Its an impressive space and seeing things like Maximo life size really gives you a feel for how big some of these creatures were, but could we do more? Lets say you wanted to augment this space with Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality to increase the educational value and engagement of the space. What would you pitch to the Field Museum?





This experience could be designed for the floor or for the balcony. These are high-traffic areas so whatever you design needs to be safe.



Some Links

1
Stanuch, Ou, Guera, Kotak
2
Ennis, Venturella, Guo
3
Babu Sai, Ablang, Kuang, Morris
4
Vega, Perkowski, Phan
5
MacDonald, Dudihalli, Yu
6
Paglomotan, Zhang, Lam, Campbell
7
Sipelis, Jarad, Iorgovan, Thornburgh



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Project 3 Presentations


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