Putting it all
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 problem, as though you
were a small company trying to pitch this idea, to try and pull
a lot of these ideas together.
Tuesday's class should 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 Tuesday's
class your group should email andy the location of a public
webpage with your current set of ideas and the names of all the
members on your team.
Thursday's class should be devoted to refining the concepts and
creating a pitch, which should take the form of a webpage
containing your proposal, including sketches and drawings of
what the experience would be like. 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
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.
The topic for your experience is informing people about the
Great Chicago Fire of October 1871, which started three blocks
east of where we hold class. Note this topic is intentionally
left a little vague as there are a variety of ways to teach
people about the fire depending on the scope of the experience
you want to create, whether your users are physically located in
Chicago or not, where you would like the experience to take
place (walking outside, in a bus, in a museum, in a classroom,
in the home), whether it is a group experience, what age rages
you are supporting, and the kind of technology you want to use.
You should make decisions on those issues pretty quickly.
are some relevant links:
google maps is also good for seeing what is at those various
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last updated 11/8/17